- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Tampa Bay man is is awaiting skin graft surgery from a brutal shark attack last week in the Bahamas.

Erik Norrie was spearfishing just off the Abaco Islands where he and his family were visiting, My Fox Tampa Bay reported. He was in about 5 feet of water when a shark came up from behind him.

“All of the sudden I felt this [crunch] on the back of my leg,” he told My Fox. “And just as I looked back, he was just finishing his bite and ripping and swimming off, and you could see a piece of my leg in his mouth. My first reaction was, ‘Aaaahhh!’”

Mr. Norrie suffered severe damage to his left leg.

“I didn’t keep my head cool, the Lord kept my head cool,” Mr. Norrie told My Fox. “Because I couldn’t have done it without him; he sustained me, kept me calm. … I really did think I was going to die.”

Mr. Norrie has also been struck by lightning and been bitten by a rattlesnake. According to the report, he has also been punched by monkeys twice.

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