HOUSTON — A 12-year-old boy was attacked by a shark off the coast of Sunday Beach near Port O’Connor.

“All I could think about was hurry up and get him to safety,” said the boy’s father, Cecil Vossler.

Vossler and his family were vacationing at their beach home at about 5 p.m. Thursday, when he said his 12-year-old son Nicholas was attacked by a shark.

“He said he felt it grab his leg … I mean, his foot, and start yanking on it,” said Vossler.

In seconds, he said the bull shark clamped its teeth into his son’s left foot, nearly ripping it off:

“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,” said Vossler.

“My friend was right there with him, and he grabbed him — as the shark was trying to pull him,” he said.

Once he was pulled from the water, Nicholas was taken by boat to a waiting helicopter, which transported him to a hospital, where he is slowly recovering.

His father said the avid baseball and football player never even cried.

“When he got on the boat, he asked his mom to pray with him. Once we started praying, it was OK,” said Vossler.

Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43693982/ns/local_news-houston_tx/