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Surfers survive shark attacks by fighting back

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Two California surfers say they survived separate shark attacks by fighting back.

Scott Stephens is recovering after undergoing surgery to close a 14-inch bite wound. Stephens was surfing off the coast of Eureka two days ago when the shark pulled him under. The 25-year-old believes it was a great white.

"It pinned me under and kind of shook me," he said. "You know, it came out of nowhere. I punched the shark in the side of the head a couple times until it released me."

A punch also saved Folsom resident Mariko Haugen. She says she was attacked by a 12-foot tiger shark off Maui this week. She says her martial arts training prepared her and she punched it twice.

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