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Surfer narrowly escapes great white shark attack off Ore. coast

October 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A surfer off the Oregon coast narrowly escaped an attack by a great white shark.

His surfboard shows just how close he came to becoming a shark's meal off the coast of Newport.

The great white bit off 23 inches of Bobby Gumm's board but managed to miss the surfer.

He was thankful that he was able to swim to shore after the encounter, as were his friends alongside him in the waves.

"I was scared for my life. I've never seen anything like that. It's almost like witnessing an almost murder. I mean, here it is, my good friend just being lifted up like you see on TV, up in the air and there's just nothing you can do," said witness and friend Ron Clifford.

Scientists say the number of sea lions and salmon off the Oregon coast tend to attract sharks this time of year.

But the surfers say that while the shark attack did shake them up, it will not keep them out of the water.

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