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California surfer bitten on neck by shark airlifted to hospital

October 30, 2011 |  6:59 am


A California surfer is recovering at a San Jose hospital after being bitten on the neck by a shark off the coast of Monterey County.

Officials said the surfer's condition with not life-threatening, but no other details were immediately available.

The shark attack occurred Saturday morning at Marina State Beach, the Monterey County Herald reported. The shark bit the surfer and also took a chunk out if his surfboard.

Fellow surfers used beach towels to apply a tourniquet to Eric Tarantino's arm wound after he got to shore with the help of a friend, the newspaper said. He was later airlifted to San Jose Regional Medical Center.

They plan to post signs warning of shark danger at beaches from Fort Ord to Moss Landing.


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Photo: Lifeguard with surfboard. Credit: Associated Press.