Surfer loses leg in shark attack off Hawaii

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HONOLULU — A 25-year-old Oahu man was attacked by a shark Friday while surfing on Oahu’s North Shore.

Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright said the attack happened near a popular surfing spot known as Leftovers.

According to KHON family and friends later identified the surfer as Colin Cook, 25.

Enright said a 911 call was received at 10:25 a.m. and Cook was already on the beach when rescue crews arrived.

Drew Zarba, a witness who said he helped Cook, told KHON that Cook said three things while being rescued: “How is my leg? I’m thirsty, and where is the ambulance?”

Cook suffered an injury to his left leg and cuts on his hands. The man was transported to Queens Medical Center for treatment in critical condition.

Enright said another surfer was with the man and helped him back to shore after the attack. There, people put the man on a surf or paddle board and used a leash as a tourniquet.

“He was not walking. All his buddies were surrounding him and helping him out if the water,” said witness Miranda Mazariegos, according to KHON. “He was kind of limping.”

According to KHON, friends and family said the doctors had to amputate most of his leg after the attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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