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Surfer seriously injured in shark attack in Northern California

A 31-year-old surfer in Northern California is recovering from a shark attack that left a severe bite on his right thigh and leg.

Jared Trainor took him off his board when he left for Centerville Beach on Sunday, he told the Times-Standard newspaper in Humboldt County. He said the animal’s right leg and board were stuck in its jaw.

Underwater, the experienced surfer grabbed the shark’s body with one hand and kicked it over the head with his free leg, until it let go and swam, he said. The trainer returned to the beach where another surfer had a cell phone they called for help.

“I don’t remember the initial contact,” he told the newspaper. “It happened so quickly.”

Surgeons closed his open wounds, which stretched to about 19 inches, or the length of the shark’s mouth. Photos of a recovering trainer and his injured leg have been posted on the Instagram account of The Shop, a surf shop in Arcata.

His sister, Haley Martino, said in a GoFundMe fundraising post that her brother was bitten by a great white shark.

“Jared is recovering at home,” GoFundMe says. “She’s so lucky. She’s in pain but in good spirits!”

According to a 2017 news article in The Sacramento Bee, there have been 16 shark attacks in Humboldt County since 1960.

In 2020, a kayaker narrowly escaped a large white shark at Shelter Cove in Humboldt County.

The Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department confirmed in a social media post that the bite was from a shark.

“In memory of our membership, we have had no incidents like this. This is a reminder that there are many dangers to be aware of when you’re at the beach,” the department said in its post.

Shark attacks are rare in California. However, 42-year-old Tomas Butterfield of Sacramento was Killed in a shark attack in central California’s Morro Bay last Christmas Eve,

Another man was bitten by a great white shark off the central California coast this June. steve broomerThe hospital said the 62-year-old was released from Natividad Medical Center in Salinas three weeks after being bitten by a shark while swimming off Pacific Grove near Monterey.

shark attack Worldwide increased in 2021 After three consecutive years of decline, officials said in January. America once again reported the highest Unprovoked shark bites in 2021With 47 confirmed cases – 64% of the worldwide total.

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