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Hawaii surfer bitten by shark says he'll be back

Hawaii surfer who says he was bitten by shark but punched it away says he'll be back By The Associated Press

WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) ' The surfer bitten by a 10-foot shark off Hawaii says the ordeal won't keep him out of the water.

Joshua Holley got 42 stitches on his left foot and needed surgery to repair severed tendons. But he tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ( ) that he plans to return to the waves as soon as doctors say it's OK.

Holley is recovering at home Wednesday, a day after what he believes was a tiger shark chomped on his foot as he surfed off Oahu's North Shore. Holley says he punched the shark and paddled to shore with help from two other surfers.

Warning signs have been posted at several beaches.

Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division Lt. John Hoogsteden tells Hawaii News Now ( ) other surfers have recently reported sharks.

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