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Man Survives Shark Attack Unharmed (halfmoon Bay)


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Posted by on November 03, 2005 at 19:07:56:

SAN MATEO COUNTY (KRON) -- A 25-year-old man survived a close call with a shark Wednesday evening while surfing just off of Pillar Point near Half Moon Bay.

Tim West says a shark attacked him while he and a friend were surfing around 5 p.m. just an eighth of a mile offshore at a popular spot for surfing known as the Mavericks.

"I was laying down on my board, and it knocked me out of the water," West said. "My board got knocked two feet out of the water. I waited for the turbulence to end. I didn't know what it was."

West was unharmed. He sustained not even get a single scratch. In fact, the only evidence of the attack is a shark tooth left embedded in his board.

His friend, Chris Loeswick, paddled back to shore with West after the close call.

The Mavericks has not seen a shark attack in more than two years. There was a shark sighting in June.

Authorities are posting warnings about the shark attack and are expected to decide Thursday whether to close the beach or not.



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