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Surfer escapes shark after friend punches it in the nose

"I saw the shark coming at her again, I grabbed the dorsal of the shark. I started kicking at the shark and using my board -- I started punching the shark. I felt like I was going to break my hand -- but the shark shuddered, and then headed out to sea," said her friend.

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Aileen Graef
Tiger shark Matt9122/Shutterstock
Tiger shark Matt9122/Shutterstock

NORTH KOHALA, Hawaii, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- McKenzie Clark, who was surfing off the coast of Hawaii, was saved from a shark attack after her friend Brian Wargo punched it five times in the nose.

Clark said she felt a bump on her board when a 12-foot-long tiger shark bit her hand and the board. She pulled her hand away and Wargo grabbed the dorsal fin of the shark and punched it in the nose. The shark then turned away swam back out to sea.

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"She couldn't get the leash off her foot," said Wargo. "I saw the shark coming at her again, I grabbed the dorsal of the shark. I started kicking at the shark and using my board -- I started punching the shark. I felt like I was going to break my hand -- but the shark shuddered, and then headed out to sea."

Wargo drove to the hospital with Clark going into shock. She received stitches on her two injured fingers and will be going to the hospital for further skin grafts.

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