California Surfer Survives Shark Attack Off Coast of Santa Rosa Island

A surfer was attacked by a shark Saturday off the coast of Santa Rosa Island in Southern California, authorities said.

The 37-year-old man was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Santa Barbara, about 38 miles away, where he was treated and ultimately stabilized, according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Petty Officer Mark Varney said the surfer had been bitten on his right leg.

The victim and a friend were chasing waves in the early afternoon when the man was attacked, the Coast Guard said, adding that someone aboard a nearby boat called authorities.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Dennis Romero