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Shark seriously injures California surfer

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 8:25 AM EDT, Wed October 31, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Unidentified man, 25, suffers life-threatening injury, sheriff's office says
  • Other surfers off Eureka shore rescue victim, take him to hospital

(CNN) -- A 25-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday when a shark attacked him while he was surfing in Eureka, California, local authorities said.

Other surfers pulled the injured man from the water, loaded him into a pickup truck and rushed him to a hospital before the local beach patrol could respond, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said.

A deputy who spoke with the victim as he was being taken to surgery said the man suffered a 14-inch bite wound and other, smaller wounds. The deputy did not specify what parts of the body were injured.

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The attack occurred shortly after noon off the North Jetty at Eureka's Bunker Surf Spot. Officials did not release the victim's name.

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