Hawaii surfer throws punches to escape shark

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Associated Press

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 10:01 AM

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A 25-year-old Hawaii surfer and former boxer went several rounds with a shark and won.

Jeff Horton tells The Garden Island (http://bit.ly/16t74Gl) that he punched a shark that bit down on his surfboard. He was able to get away uninjured.

He had been surfing three hours early Sunday near Kilauea when he saw a dark shape approaching.

The shark clamped down on his surfboard. Horton was knocked off and onto the shark.

Horton held a fin with one hand and punched the shark about eight times, finally jamming a knuckle into its eye.

The shark spit out the board and flung Horton into the air. Horton climbed back on his board and paddled to shore safely.

His board has a semi-circle bite mark.

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Information from: The Garden Island, http://thegardenisland.com/

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