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Calif. surfer bitten by shark punched its head

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EUREKA, Calif. (AP) – A 25-year-old California surfer who survived a shark attack says he punched the shark in the head until it finally released him.

Scott Stephens spoke about his ordeal at a news conference on Wednesday – a day after the attack on a popular surf spot off the coast of Eureka.

Stephens said the shark pulled him underwater after biting him and only released him after receiving blows to its head.

Doctors say Stephens suffered at least seven deep lacerations, but none of his vital organs were damaged. He is listed in fair condition.

Stephens also publicly thanked the doctors who operated on him and strangers who came to his aid. He said he plans to surf again.

The news conference was reported by the Eureka Times-Standard.

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