Saturday, October 29, 2011

Marina State Beach: Shark Attacks Surfer, Eric Tarantino Flown To San Jose Hospital

MARINA, Calif. -- A surfer was attacked by a shark at Marina State Beach early Saturday, emergency crews said.
There was a confirmed shark attack on a surfer at Marina State Beach in northern Monterey County at about 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning.

Information is still trickling in, but here's what we know: The young surfer's name is Eric Tarantino-27, and he was apparently bitten on the neck and arm and the bite just missed his jugular. Tarantino's friend helped him out of the water, and other surfers used beach towels to try to stop his bleeding. Paramedics said they treated Tarantino on the beach and then took him to the marina airport. He was later flown to Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Apparently, paramedics could actually see his jugular.

"Lucky kid," as many posted on Facebook. He was immediately airlifted to a local hospital and preliminary word is that he'll recover.

According to this site, the lifeguard said, "he is going to be okay. He had puncture wounds to his arm and neck, deeper in the arm than the neck. He was able to paddle in own his own." Friends said that Tarantino was in stable condition.

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