Californian punches shark off Maui to save herself

Published On: Nov 01 2012 11:11:19 AM HST
Updated On: Nov 02 2012 09:32:04 AM HST

A California woman visiting Maui said she punched a shark to save herself last weekend.  Courtesy: News10

EUREKA, Calif. -

A California woman says she survived a shark attack off Maui by punching the beast in the head.

Mariko Haugen, of Folsom, tells News10, our sister station in Folson, 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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