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Kauai surfer throws punches to escape shark

Published On: Oct 22 2013 10:27:00 AM HST

He and other surfers had spotted a shark about 20 minutes earlier, but stayed in the water only to be attacked by the animal.

LIHUE, Hawaii -

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.

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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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