Transcript for Teen Shark-Attack Survivor: 'I Started Punching the Shark'
a string of scary shark attacks in hawaii. Two more in just the past week. And now, the latest victim is just 16 years old. Abc's neal karlinsky has the story. Reporter:16-year-old jimmy napiahe is lucky to be sitting in the hospital this morning and he knows it. He was surfing his favorite spot on hawaii's big island, when a shark, eight to ten feet, attacked. He hit me so fast, I didn't know what was going on. Reporter: His friends were surfing alongside and couldn't believe what they were seeing. The shark came out by the leg. I was shaking already. It was so close to the shark attack. Reporter: He suffered 30 deep cuts to his legs. But says he fought the shark. I got hit. And then, I got bit. And then, I started punching the shark. Reporter: It was the second shark attack in less than a week in the popular vacation destination. 20-year-old jana lutteropp, in the midst of a three-week vacation was brutally attacked wednesday when snorkeling near maui. Rick moore, a teacher from california risked his life swimming in blood-red water to rescuer. I'm dying. I'm going to die. And I kept saying to her, no, you're not. Reporter: Hawaii has recorded nine shark attacks this year. Surprisingly, the numbers are not above average. And the surfers, despite all the warning signs, posted along hawaii's famous beaches, are back in the water today. For "good morning america," neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. I guess you -- that's a scary run. No thank you.
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