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A surfer in Australia was attacked by a great white shark — then managed to paddle back to shore and walk for help despite suffering “catastrophic” injuries.
The 29-year-old man was surfing in the waters of D’Estrees Bay near Kangaroo Island on Sunday when he was bit by the shark, local newspaper The Advertiser reported.
He was able to paddle back to shore and walk about 1,000 feet for help on the remote beach, where he was treated by paramedics.
Michael Rushby, who was one of the paramedics who treated him, said that his injuries were “catastrophic” and it was “quite remarkable” that he was able to get himself help.
“[He was] very lucky that he was able to do that,” Rushby told the paper.
Rushby said the man had suffered “serious lacerations and this was to his back, his backside and his thigh.”
“These injuries were consistent with quite a large shark bite,” Rushby said, the Guardian reported.
Describing the ordeal from the hospital, the man said he was sitting on his surf board when he “felt a hit on my left side.”
“It was like being hit by a truck,” the man said in a handwritten letter, according to The Advertiser.
“It bit me around my back, buttock and elbow, and took a chunk out of my board. I got a glimpse of the shark as it let go and disappeared.”
He thanked the “awesome” medical workers who treated him at the beach and hospital.
“I’m feeling incredibly lucky and grateful and I’m optimistic that I’ll make a full recovery,” he wrote.
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