The Courier-Mail



LOS AN­GE­LES: A fe­male surfer has es­caped in­jury af­ter a great white shark bit her board as she surfed off Cal­i­for­nia’s coast.

Eli­nor Dempsey, 54, said she was surf­ing at Morro Strand State Beach, just north of Morro Bay on Satur­day morn­ing when a shark swam un­der her board and chomped on it, leav­ing a 35cm wide bite mark.

Ms Dempsey (pic­tured) pushed her board to­ward the shark as she jumped off. Other surfers who saw the at­tack warned ev­ery­one else to get out of the wa­ter. Some of the surfers helped Ms Dempsey re­unite with her board, and she got back on it to get to shore.

She said she was shaken by the en­counter and was con­sid­er­ing tak­ing a break from surf­ing.

“I’ll be stay­ing close in from now on,’’ she said.

Of­fi­cials closed the beach for 72 hours and posted warn­ing signs at nearby beaches, ac­cord­ing to the beach’s su­per­vis­ing ranger, Lisa Rem­ing­ton. A US Fish and Wildlife bi­ol­o­gist ex­am­ined the board and es­ti­mated the shark was a 1.83m adult male.

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