Saturday, April 25, 2009
SURFER GOUGES EYE OUT OF LARGE WHITE SHARK
Mason Klink, 13, was surfing off the coast of San Onofre Saturday when a great white shark attacked him. As he was paddling, Klink said he felt something grab his leg. Without thinking, he insrted his finger into the eye socket of the shark. "That's all I could think to do, and after I did that, it let go," Klink said. "And I wanted to get to shore as soon as I could. The thought crossed my mind that I might not make it back in and it was just pretty hectic." Klink credits his experience as a surfer and shark television shows with helping him keep his presence of mind. "I acted on instinct," he said. Klink then paddled to shore, where bystanders said they saw a puddle of blood dripping from his leg. Before heading to the hospital , Klink tied his XM surfboard leash tightly around his shin to prevent blood loss. Still hospitalized, he is expected to make a full recovery and will surf again. "I'll go back out, eventually," he said. "It probably won't be until Labor day." Klink s expected to make a full recovery.