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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Surfer injured in Hawaii shark attack

By Jon Coen
ESPN Action Sports

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Lifeguards warned of shark attacks at North Shore beaches on Tuesday after a surfer was attacked and injured.

It has been confirmed that a 28-year-old man was attacked by a shark at Leftovers, on Oahu's North Shore on Tuesday.

"Around 20 (minutes) to 1 p.m. this afternoon, a surfer had sustained some minor lacerations to his foot from an approximately 10-foot shark," John Hoogsteden, Lieutenant with City and County of Honolulu Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services told ESPN Surfing photographer, Willi Edwards.

Hoogsteden thought it might be a tiger shark, but added, "We're not 100 percent certain of the type, but it was a larger shark."

According to a story in the Honolulu Star Advertiserr, the surfer was Joshua Holley of Waialua.

"It came up and got him and let him go, then came up and got him a second time. He fought it off with his board and got a good look at it," City and County of Honolulu Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Operation Chief Jim Howe told the local paper.

Holley was quoted as saying, "We're in their domain. That respect will always be there for the shark. He's doing what he does naturally."

Holley was treated at the scene and then taken to Wahiawa General Hospital. Lifeguards warned people to stay out of the water for the remainder of Tuesday. Holley appears to be in good condition and is due for minor surgery on Wednesday.

Surfers are the most common ocean user group to be attacked by sharks and statistics show that tiger sharks are the second most likely to be encountered.