Surfer hospitalized after Calif. shark attack

Todd Endris of Marina, Calif. and Brandon McKibbin of Salinas, Calif. look at their friends shark-damaged surfboard in the back of a California State Park ranger's patrol car after a shark attack at Marina State Beach in Marina, Calif. on Oct. 29, 2011.
David Royal,AP Photo/Monterey County Herald

MONTEREY, Calif. - A surfer is hospitalized after being attacked by a shark off a California beach.

The Monterey Herald reports 27-year-old Eric Tarantino was attacked Saturday morning while surfing with a friend at Marina State Beach in Monterey County.

The shark bit Tarantino on the neck and forearm shortly after the two men entered the water.

The newspaper reports Tarantino's friend helped him out of the water, and other surfers used beach towels to try to stop his bleeding.

Authorities say the Monterey man was taken to a local airport by paramedics and flown to a San Jose hospital.

His condition wasn't known, but a state parks official says his injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.

The Herald reports the shark took a 19-inch chunk out of Tarantino's red surfboard.