- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii man attacked by a shark while swimming off the Big Island says the bite that severed two tendons and nerves in his right ankle felt like something had sliced at his leg.

Paul O’Leary, 54, said he got 50 stitches after getting attacked about 100 yards offshore at a clothing-optional beach, Hawaii News Now reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/1WAVkAn ). Hawaii officials confirmed that he was bitten by the animal based on the size of his wounds.

“It felt like something just kind of sharp just kind of sliced, kind of scratched against my ankle,” O’Leary said.

He said he never saw the shark but noticed his foot was twisting as he swam back to shore.

“And when I looked down, then I saw the lacerations, I saw the flesh and the skin just hanging out there,” O’Leary said.

He called out for help from other beachgoers, who helped him in and “really kind of showed their Aloha,” he said.

With their help, he said he got dressed to wait for emergency crews.

“There’s about five people putting pressure on the cut, and I told them I wanted to get my clothes on,” O’Leary said. “So we got them, and we kind of put it on.”

The attack marks Hawaii’s eighth confirmed shark encounter this year.


Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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