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2 Californians punch sharks to save themselves

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:24 a.m. HST, Nov 01, 2012

EUREKA, Calif. » Two Californians say they survived separate shark attacks over the past few days by punching the beast in the head.

Scott Stephens, of Manilla, says a great white pulled him underwater Tuesday at a popular surf spot off the coast of Eureka and let him go only after receiving the blows.

Doctors say Stephens suffered lacerations, but none of his vital organs was damaged. He talked about the ordeal Wednesday at a news conference reported by the Eureka Times-Standard.

Mariko Haugen, of Folsom, tells News10 she was swimming with her husband off Maui over the weekend when she encountered a tiger shark.

She says her martial arts training prepared her and she punched it twice.

Haugen was not bitten but did require stitches for some scratches.

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Anonymous wrote:
on November 1,2012 | 05:28AM
dlum003 wrote:
Please don't overhype these stories to sell papers ... it happens. More people in the water, more incidents, simple arithmetic.
on November 1,2012 | 05:35AM
juscasting wrote:
Pleaseeee, her kung fu training prepared her for this? What's next Zumba student does the mamba on his head and survives attack from great white?
on November 1,2012 | 08:46AM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
Big news, folks.....Sharks live in the ocean
on November 1,2012 | 11:28AM
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