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USA surfer in Hawaii survives after a shark bites a chunk out of his surfboard

05:25  15 august  2019
05:25  15 august  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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A 16-year-old Hawaii surfer said he had a lucky escape when a shark came up out of the water and bit a huge chunk out of his surfboard . The teenager said the shark appeared to be 10-12 feet long. "It was literally, and I'm not exaggerating this at all, literally an inch or two in front of my feet

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On Sunday evening, Max Keliikipi was driving home from work when he saw the waves at Makaha Beach on Oahu, Hawaii.

A surfer in Hawaii survives after a shark bites a chunk out of his surfboard© Courtesy Max Keliikipi

The 16-year-old grabbed his surfboard and paddled out, as he's done almost every day this summer.

About 100 yards away from shore, he saw something sticking out of the water, but "blending in with the reef," he told CNN.

Keliikipi thought it was a turtle at first, but soon realized it was a shark. So he jumped up, sitting with his feet on his board, not letting his legs dangle below the surface as easy prey for the aquatic predator.

A surfer in Hawaii survives after a shark bites a chunk out of his surfboard© Courtesy Max Keliikipi

The shark went straight for him, first bumping him off his surfboard.

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Diver attacked by shark rescued by nurses on nearby boat Mario Avila said a 20-foot bull shark grabbed a hold of his left arm and almost killed him . "I was diving and immediately, the shark came and attacked me. I never saw it, it came by surprise and attacked me," Avila told the station. He was saved by fishermen from Hot Shot Charters, who were on a nearby boat during the incident. According to ABC News, on board were a pediatric nurse and an operating nurse. Those diving with Avila began waving for help and that's when Kyle Evans and others on the charter boat, jumped into action and pulled Avila on board.

The shark bit a large chunk out of the surfer 's board as he hit the waves during sunset, forcing him to swim to shore to safety. Suddenly, the shark attacked him from beneath, the force of which knocked the teen into the water as it munched his surfboard .

He had been surfing Belongil Beach about 6.40am local time on Sunday, police said. The beast also managed to take a chunk out of his surfboard . The bleeding was pretty bad. "We didn’t see the shark but a bloke who was out there earlier said he saw a fin and he reckons it was a juvenile great

"It bit a huge chunk off my board." he said. "If my feet were a little further up the board, it would have bit my toes off."

Keliikipi started swimming back to shore. "It was fight or flight. I chose flight."

Undaunted, he plans to keep surfing

Comparing the shark's length to his 6-foot surfboard, Keliikipi reckoned the shark was 7 to 10 feet long. At first he thought it was black fin, but his lifeguard friends said it was probably a tiger shark, he said.

Signs have been posted at the beach to warn beachgoers about the recent shark presence in the shallow waters.

He says he's known somewhere between 10 and 20 surfers who've been attacked by sharks.

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"It's not common, but it's not uncommon either," he said.

Keliikipi doesn't plan to quit surfing, but the attack inspired him to be more mindful on future maritime adventures. If you're going surfing, he says to "go with someone who knows the area well."

And don't panic. "That's what kills people."

CNN has a guide on how to survive a shark attack, which includes tactics like acting "big" and trying intimidate the shark, and deliberately hitting the shark. It also says to spring for the shore, which is what Keliikipi did.

But don't let fear keep you on the shore forever.

"I don't want to go inside," he said. "That's how the sharks win."

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