"I tried to lift my hand it fell over. That's when I knew I was probably going to die."
There’s been much colostrum squeezed from the teat of Carlsbad stuntman and former JOB fall-guy Sean “Poopies” McInerney’s shark jump gone wrong over the course of the last week.
In a piece for the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, and which may feature in Jackass 4, new Jackasser Poopies appears to get attacked by sharks after a jump attempt. Like most of these sorta stunts, y’figure a lot of noise, not much damage.
Yeah, well, Poopies copped it.
A few days ago on a podcast, Steve-O pantomimed Poopies’ flopping hand and said the tendons and two separate arteries had to be surgically reattached.
“He would be fucking dead if they didn’t dive on him as fast as they did,” he said.
Today, in an interview to run with new footage of the stunt, Poopies breaks down while recounting the moment his shark jump went wrong and he crashed into the shark pen.
“I thought I was going to die. There were ten sharks around me and… (pauses, breathes out)…there’s like ten sharks around me, I’m trying to swim out… (pause)… And I I couldn’t swim out, dude, I knew I got bit and I thought I was going to be attacked by six more sharks.”
He says it’s the most scared he’s ever been his life and that he was in so much shock he couldn’t see real well although he knew he was in trouble when he tried to lift his hand and it “freaking fell over. That’s when I knew I was probably going to die right now.”
And then safety protocols kicked in.
“I had the best safety I could’ve asked for. When I got bit the safety medic jumped on me. He sacrificed his own life for me.”
Footage is pretty good.