Animal Attack Files
Surfer attacked by shark off Oregon coast
Associated Press, 04/22/98 04:58
GLENEDEN BEACH, Ore. (AP) - Surfer John Forse was straddling his
surfboard 150 yards from shore when he saw the water swirl about 20 to 30
``There are lot of seals out here, so I didn't think anything of it,''
he said. ``The
next thing I knew I felt this pressure on my thigh. No pain, it was more like a
Forse, 50, was attacked by a 15-foot white shark Tuesday off Gleneden
Beach, 85 miles southwest of Portland. In an attack that left a foot-long gash
and eight teeth marks, the shark pulled him down briefly, came back up, then
started to dive again.
``We were thrashing around down there and he came back up,'' Forse said,
adding that he still was attached to his board with a quick-release cord.
``His dorsal fin was about a foot away, so I started beating on it,'' he
started down a second time and the cord snapped. He must have bitten it in
half. The whole thing took, oh, 20 seconds.''
He climbed back on his board, laid down and paddled for shore.
Some of the wounds were left open to drain, and more surgery was scheduled
for Friday, North Lincoln Hospital spokeswoman Karen Bondley said.
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