“The biggest deal in my son’s case is that he fought it, kicked at it. He didn’t just stay there and say, ‘Here, get me’. I think the shark decided he didn’t want to mess with him anymore; he just swam off.”
Shawn Hamilton, 14, was bitten on his right foot and shin by a 5-foot Bull shark while fishing with his father in waist-deep water near Mustang Island, Nueces County, Texas in the US. The incident happened around 4.30pm on Thursday 7 July 2011.
It’s reported he was in waist-deep water on the second sandbar off shore near Beach Access Road 2 between Port Aransas and Corpus Christi when the attack occurred.
According th media reports he yelled “Shark!” several times after he saw what appeared to be five-foot Bull shark approaching him. He jumped around trying to fend off the shark, but was bitten on the right foot and shin.
“I was reeling in my bait just making sure the line was tight,” Shawn told media. “All of a sudden, I see this shark come at me. … I felt it pound against my leg and I started jumping up and down.
“It’s pretty weird how I got away with a couple of bites and I still have my foot,” he is quoted as saying. “It was really like a sharp knife just going through your skin. You don’t feel it that much, but you knew it was there.”
He father told media: “We’re a fishing family, and we understand that every time we step foot in the water, there is a possibility of something like that happening. You’re part of the food chain once you get out there. We try to take all the necessary precautions.”
According to media reports, his father, Hamilton, thought his son was shouting because he was scared by seeing a shark swim by.
“I never knew an attack was going on. I thought he was in panic,” he said.
After the attack, Hamilton and his wife, Ronda, took Shawn to the beach, poured a gallon of distilled water on the wounds, wrapped two beach towels around his foot and leg and took him to Corpus Christi Medical Center.
He received 54 stitches.
He has lost feeling right side of his foot and it was not known if this would return.
His dad was quoted as saying: “The biggest deal in my son’s case is that he fought it, kicked at it. He didn’t just stay there and say, ‘Here, get me’. I think the shark decided he didn’t want to mess with him anymore; he just swam off.”