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One Surfer Dead, One Injured in Attacks Blamed on Great White Shark

September 17, 1993 GMT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) _ Fishermen hunted on Friday for a great white shark believed responsible for killing one teen-age surfer and injuring another off El Salvador’s Pacific coast.

Mauricio Guzman Castaneda, 17, drowned Thursday after he was bitten several times on the arms and legs while surfing off El Cocal beach, 25 miles south of San Salvador, authorities said.

One hour later, 15-year-old surfer Jose Diter Roque was attacked off a nearby beach but was rescued and hospitalized with a deep gash to his left leg.

Witnesses said Roque managed to get back on his surfboard and paddle away after a 12-foot great white attacked him.

Authorities sent boats to the hunt, saying they believed the same shark killed two oyster fishermen in an attack in August on a fishing boat.