Surfer attacked by shark in Hawaii

A 25 year old man is in critical condition following a shark attack on the North Shore, reports Surfer Magazine.

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The man has been identified as Colin Cook, who originally hails from Rhode Island but has been living on the North Shore for years.

He was surfing Leftovers, which is located between Laniakea and Waimea Bay, when the shark bit his left leg. The attack occurred around 10:30 Friday morning.

According to Shayne Enright of the Honolulu Ocean Safety and Lifeguards Services, the man was helped to the shoreline by a friend and other surfers who applied a surfboard leash as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

Once on the shore, he was met by EMS workers who took the man to a trauma center.

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A source on the ground has reported that the man’s left leg was severed during the attack, but city officials could not confirm the extent of the injury. Cook reportedly worked for famed North Shore shaper Johh Carper.

Lifeguards in the area have patrolled the waters and are encouraging surfers nearby to get back to shore.

Warning signs on nearby beaches have also been put in place.

Read more at Surfer Magazine

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