I fought off massive shark that mauled my leg to pieces during boat party

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A swimmer encounters a giant shark that crushed his leg after jumping into the water during a boat party.

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Dad-of-two Todd Price, 34, was at an engagement party at Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia, on Friday.

Todd Price was bitten by a sharkcredit: 7newsBrisbane
He had to get more than 60 stitches after hurting his leg.

He had to get more than 60 stitches after hurting his leg.credit: 7newsBrisbane

He was on a boat off the coast of Hook Island when he decided to cool off with a swim.


Mr. Price suddenly felt something pushing his leg.

He told me daily wed: “I put my hand down and felt a big head and I thought, “Oh that’s not cool.”

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Mr Price said he managed to push the shark’s head away from him, but as he tried desperately to climb the ladder and return to the boat, the shark attacked him again.

The shark smashed its teeth into Mr. Price’s leg, leaving deep wounds.

He managed to get back on the boat and his friends used first aid to wrap his leg before heading to a nearby island to get help.

Mr. Price was taken back to the ground and taken to hospital for emergency surgery.

He received more than 60 stitches to treat a deep wound in his left leg.

He joked that the shark was “just gnawing the back of my leg”.

Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman Julian Ryalf said: “QAS received a call for assistance from a ship about 45 minutes away.

“He was bitten by a shark in his left leg, thigh and shin; the wounds were deep enough to require stitches.”

He praised Mr Price’s friends for keeping him alert despite his injuries.

QAS Clinical Support Officer Peter Gleason said Mr Price was “very lucky”.

He said: “Shark bites of any type are taken very seriously, and the consequences can be quite serious.

“However, in this instance, it looks like the patient was actually very lucky.”

Hook Island is known as a popular hunting site for tiger sharks – a species second only to the great white in terms of fatal attacks on humans.

Tiger sharks can grow up to 16 feet 5 inches in length and have distinctive stripes down their bodies – from which apex predators get their name.

However, the species of shark in this latest molting has not yet been identified.

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The number of shark attacks around the world has exploded as swimmers continue to ignore bloodthirsty warning signs – killing nearly 800 people seen in just nine years.

The US has overtaken Australia in terms of the number of attacks, with Cape Cod, Massachusetts, considered the shark capital of the world.

Experts report seeing 50 at the popular holiday haven this past summer alone.

However, despite warning signs of ferocious animal attacks and attacks on beaches in the US and Australia, swimmers are still putting themselves at risk.

According to data published by the International Shark Attack File, 791 shark attacks have been reported between 2010 and 2019, with an annual global average of 80 bites.

This represents an incredible increase compared to figures from 1970 to 1979, when only 157 attacks were recorded.

Surfers and water sports lovers seem to be the prime targets, accounting for 61 percent of victims last year.

Great whites have taken part in Cape Cod since 2012, one in five swimmers, including one fatality.

Mr Price was on a boat at Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia (stock image)

Mr Price was on a boat at Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia (stock image)credit: getty

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