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EUREKA (CBS/AP) — A 25-year-old California surfer who survived a shark attack said he punched the shark in the head until it finally released him.

Scott Stephens of Humboldt County 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.

Related: Witness Describes Shark Attack

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.

In a separate shark encounter involving another Northern California surfer, Mariko Haugen, of Folsom, told Sacramento News10 she was swimming with her husband off Maui…

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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