A surfer is reeling after most of his leg was gnawed off in a grisly shark attack off Oahu’s North Shore in Hawaii. Doctors were left with no choice but to amputate most of Colin Cook’s leg following the horrific injuries he sustained from a vicious shark bite while surfing in a spot called the “Leftovers.”
The 25-year-old had his leg bitten and hands injured until it swam away after Cook repeatedly punched the 12-foot-long beast. Cook’s cousin, Chris Webster, said Colin swam to another surfer after the attack who paddled him to shore. Quick-thinking people on the tragic scene made a tourniquet from a surfboard leash to stop the excessive bleeding before emergency services transported him to a hospital.
Webster told KHON-TV that doctors amputated above the knee, but that Colin is handling his unfortunate situation well. “I got there and I was all, ‘What’s up? I heard you were fighting with a shark.’ And he started laughing and smiling. He’s all, ‘Yeah, I got a couple good cracks on him.’ So he was in good spirits.”
So far this year, this is the fifth shark attack in Hawaii. in April, one person died after a shark attack in Maui.