Hawaii Tourist Punches Shark to Escape

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 1, 2012 Last Updated: November 16, 2012
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A tourist in Hawaii who has a black belt in Tae Kwan Do punched a shark in the nose before escaping.

Mariko Haugen of Folsom, Calif., was swimming in the waters off Maui when a 12-foot-long tiger shark attacked her.

“I would hear all this noise. You don’t hear that—people yelling,” Haugen told northern California’s News 10. “All of a sudden, it was like Hollywood. You see the big jaws coming at you. I can’t say how terrifying that is.”

Haugen received more than 100 stitches on her thigh and right hand, reported ABC News. Her husband and another person helped her out of the water.

Don Haugen, her husband, told ABC, “I’ve always told my kids there’s zero reasons to fear sharks because what is scary is breast cancer. Getting bitten by a shark is 1 in 4 million to visitors to Hawaii, so we should not have to worry at all.”

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