Kauai surfer throws punches to escape shark
A 25-year-old Hawaii man survived a close encounter with a shark and has a bite in his surfboard to prove it.
Jeff Horton was about 100 yards from shore when a shark clamped down on his board Sunday around noon in waters near Kilauea on Kauai.
Horton says he looked down into the water and saw a dark shape approaching. Suddenly, he was knocked off the board and onto the shark itself!
"The next thing you know, I'm in this life-threatening situation with the shark and it just missed my leg, my left ankle and then it took a bite of my board. It, like, latched onto my board so I started punching it and yelling and flipping out, and I gave it everything I had," said Horton.
The former boxer punched the shark about eight times before jamming a knuckle into its eye, causing it to retreat.
Horton believes it was a tiger shark, between 10-to-12-feet-long.
Horton then paddled safely to shore and tell us he actually went surfing again that very same day.
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