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Shark attacks surfer in N. California

Oct. 31, 2012 at 12:07 AM   |   Comments

EUREKA, Calif., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A surfer was seriously injured in a shark attack Tuesday at a Northern California beach, Humboldt County sheriff's deputies said.

The 25-year-old victim was bleeding seriously and lapsing into shock when he was driven to a hospital in a pickup truck by some other surfers.

Deputies said the attack occurred around noon near the Eureka Municipal Airport. A witness told the Eureka Times-Standard they heard the victim calling for help and discovered a 14-inch wound on him.

The victim's name was not immediately released.

The attack was believed to be the work of a great white shark and came a week after a surfer was killed by an apparent great white while surfing north of Los Angeles near Lompoc, the Los Angeles Times said.

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