INJURED – 7 July 2011 – Sunday Beach, near Port O’Conner, Texas, US – swimmer attacked
Nicholas Vossler, 12, was bitten on the left foot by what is believed to be a bull shark. The incident happened around 5pm on Thursday 7 July 2011 at Sunday Beach, a remote beach about 3.5 hours from Galveston, Texas, US.
A family friend reportedly fought off the shark and brought Nicholas to shore.
“My friend was right there with him, and he grabbed him — as the shark was trying to pull him,” the boy’s father was quoted as saying.
“I had to put the skin back across his foot and take my shirt off, and get it wrapped because the arteries were bleeding out,” he said.
Nicholas was taken by boat to a waiting helicopter, which transported him to a hospital, where he underwent surgery to reattach his foot.