"It's amazing what people can do."
The twenty-nine-year-old man hit by a Great White off Kangaroo Island yesterday yesterday has written an account of the attack from his hospital bed.
In a handwritten statement dictated to his partner the still-unnamed man wrote,
It was a normal day’s surfing at D’Estrees Bay.
I was sitting on my board when I felt a hit on my left side – it was like being hit by a truck.
It bit me around my back, buttock and elbow & took a chunk out of my board. I got a glimpse of the shark as it leg to & disappeared. I still had hold of my board and paddled into the beach.
I walked up to the car park and yelled out to another surfer who was about to go in. He drove me to Kingscote & we were met halfway by the ambulance.
I want to thank all those involved in getting me to hospital the awesome emergency services & medical staff & my family & friends for all their love & support.
I’m feeling incredibly lucky & grateful & I’m optimistic I’ll make a full recovery.
King Island paramedic Michael Rushby, who treated the man and who described the injuries as “catastrophic”, said the surfer was lucky to be alive.
‘With the extent of his injuries, this was quite remarkable and very lucky that he was able to do that. It’s amazing what people can do,” Rushby told the Murdoch press, adding these sorts of events are “once-in-a-career jobs… it hasn’t fully sunk in what we experienced yesterday.”