Attack Survivor -
While skin diving in the Bahamas on Saturday June
28, 2008 at approximately 11:00 am I was attacked by
a bull shark.
I was spearfishing for
grouper and snapper in approximately 15 feet of
crystal clear calm water near the barrier reef of
the north eastern Abaco out islands, approximately
40 minutes north of where I was staying ( Treasure
Cay ) by boat.
Danny & Walter Neil were
approximately 30 yards away from me and another
friend Frank was approximately 30 yards the other
direction away. The boat that was following us was
approximately 50 yards away..
I spotted a large snapper on
the bottom and dove down where I proceeded to spear
the fish, while still on the bottom, 5 seconds after
spearing the fish, I was attacked from behind by an
approximately 6-7 foot bull shark.
I felt the pressure and
shaking and turned to see the shark had my entire
lower leg between the knee and 4 inches above the
ankle in his mouth.
I quickly hit the shark in
the head with my fist several times and he released
I surfaced and started
screaming for the boat. Danny and Walter
immediately swam toward me and arrived within 5
seconds. We were floating in a pool of blood.
Walter guarded us from
behind as the shark was still circling and Danny
grabbed my arm and helped me swim to the boat. We
all safely got into the boat.
Danny and Walter, wrapped my
leg in towels and shirts tightly and applied a
tourniquet to slow the bleeding. They then
maintained the pressure on my leg and helped keep me
awake during the boat ride.
The boat ride took 40
minutes back to Treasure Cay where the fire chief
and the doctor were ready and waiting. They
stabilized me in Treasure Cay and then I was flown
out by helicopter to Jackson Memorial Trauma Center
in Miami where they preformed a 3 1/2 hour
They reattached the calf
muscle and all the tendons and I received several
units of blood and had to stay in the hospital for 5
My spear fishing days are
over after 26 years, and now I will only use a rod
I am very blessed and
fortunate to be here today and I will gain back full
mobility of my leg and be perfectly healthy.
I have been back to work
this entire week and with the exception of a few
fish stories am back to my summer schedule.
I am approaching my full
recovery with the same zeal and dedication that I
have approached many things in life and am already
walking with out the aid of crutches and hope to be
back on my bike before the summer is behind us.
I want to thank you all in
advance for your thoughts and prayers.
I have always viewed
challenges in life as opportunities to make us
stronger people, and this is certainly one of those
opportunities. I am a stronger man, husband, father,
friend, and financial advisor because of this
experience and value each one of your relationships.