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The Shark Attack of Harold Brandner


 

The Shark Attack of Harold Brandner

     
Date of Incident:   February 15, 2008
Time of Day:   17h00
     
Victim Information    
Name of Victim:   Harold Brandner
Sex of Victim:   M
Age of Victim:   25
Injury to Victim:   Left foot bitten required 25 stitches. See Pictures
     
Location Information    
Country of Incident:   USA
State or Area:   Florida
Exact or Nearest Location:   200 yards south of Ponce de Leon Inlet's south jetty. Volusia County
     
Activity Information    
General Activity   Surfing
Detailed Activity prior to incident:   I was riding a wave and jumped off at the end in about 6-7 feet of water. I pushed off the bottom to hop back on my board. On the way up, a shark hit my left foot and chomped into it.
     
     
Species Information    
Species:   Blacktip or Spinner suspected
Species Length:   60 - 72 inches 5 to 6 feet
     
Description of incident:   Attack Survivor - Harold Brandner

I've been an avid surfer and I always had prepared myself for the possibility of getting bit by a shark, but it was still shocking when it actually happened.
I was riding a wave and jumped off at the end in about 6-7 feet of water. I pushed off the bottom to hop back on my board. On the way up, a shark hit my left foot and chomped into it. It let go after a second or two and I jumped up on my board and rode the next wave to shore on my belly. I'm surprised at just how calm I was, but I've always known that you have to stay calm in situations like this and prepared myself accordingly.

So I get out of the water and see that my foot was bleeding pretty good. I left a nice trail of blood from the water to my car. I threw my board in my car and drove about 100 yards to where a beach patrol officer was pulling someone over. I pulled next to him and he said to hold on because "I'm kind of busy right now". So I opened my door and stuck my bloody foot out and said "I got bit by a shark". That got his attention fast!
I got onto the back of his truck. He takes pictures for the shark bite database and starts to wrap my foot up to stop the bleeding. I got a little dizzy from the shock/blood loss so I got a little oxygen to make me feel better. After that I drove myself to the hospital and checked into the emergency room.
All the doctors and nurses that walked by came to check out my foot and were like "ooooo cool a shark bite!". I thought that was pretty funny. They gave me 25 stitches and some pain killers and antibiotics and I was on my way.

I've been on crutches for 4 days, but the pain is starting to subside and I can put a little weight on my foot now. The doctors said I was lucky because the shark came very close to tendons. It mainly got the fleshy part between my heel and big toe. That took 20 stitches. It also split open my 3rd and 4th toes, which took 5 stitches to close, and gave me some minor lacerations on the left side of my foot and my other toes. The beach patrol guys said it was probably a black tip or spinner shark since those had been sighted lately. And probably about 5-6 feet since it got my whole foot with one bite.

And yes I plan on surfing again as soon as I'm healed :)

Regards,

Harold Brandner

 
     
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