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Surfer bitten by shark off White Plains Beach

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Jul 30 2013 06:26:17 AM HST
Updated On: Jul 30 2013 06:27:45 AM HST

A surfer comes out of the water bloody and mangled, and a chunk missing from his board.

EWA BEACH, Hawaii -

White Plains beach was shut down Monday.  Nobody was allowed in the water at White Plains Beach after the sudden rush of commotion. Kaylee Frankhouse said she heard lifeguards yell "shark."

"All I saw were the lifeguards come over to the guy and the people rushing out of the water," said Frankhouse.

A teenager was bitten according to a Navy Public Affairs officer. A lifeguard said the teenagers friend was yelling for help, the bitten teenager ended up paddling back to shore on his own.

Lifeguards say it happened so fast, just 50 yards off shore. They say he was lying on the beach with wounds to his left leg and a large bite mark on his surfboard. There were around 40 people in the water with the surfer with about one hundred people watching on shore.

"He was conscious and calm so it helped us to treat him and get information on him ... anytime you can get away from a shark attack and still be alive you're lucky," said lifeguard Kaleo Ing.

The surfer was treated by EMS and taken to the trauma center in serious condition. The beach is expected to be closed until noon on Tuesday.

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