A Denver man was attacked by a shark while body surfing with his son off Cape Cod Monday.
Chris Myers' injuries deep bite wounds to both legs -- are consistent with a great white shark bite, a leading shark expert told our Boston sister station, WCVB-TV.
"The extent of the injuries as characterized to us by the eyewitnesses on the scene, and also the species that occur in the area and the seals in the area, all this adds up to the white shark being the most likely candidate," Greg Skomal, of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, said.
Myers told WCVB-TV he was vacationing on his favorite Cape Code beach with his two sons.
Just before the attack, Myers said he and his 16-year-old son were swimming in deep water off Ballston Beach on Monday afternoon when the son asked, "Isn't this were sharks attack?
The father replied, "If we get attacked by a shark, we'll be history."
Witnesses told police they saw the shark's dorsal fin rise up out of the water and saw a shark circle Myers and then briefly pull him under.
One described it as a scene out of "Jaws."
"Suddenly something came up between them. It had a large dorsal fin," said Anne-Marie Corner, a Truro summer resident.
Several witnesses said they saw a shark fin about a third of a mile off the beach at about 3:30 p.m. before the attack.
Seth Blaustein, 25, was on the beach when he heard Myers' cries for help and jumped in with his boogie board.
"Gave them the boogie board, helped them back in. (They were) maybe 50 yards out," he said. Blaustein said he didn't realize Myers had been attacked until they got back to shore. "I saw the guy -- his leg -- covered in blood. He was bitten up on his left calf really bad," he said.
Frantic beachgoers called Truro police to report the attack.
"Shark attack. A shark attacked," said one caller. "He's bleeding, he's wounded. His whole ankle's been (unintelligible). We need 911. He's on the beach now."
"He's bleeding so badly," said another caller.
Myers was taken off the beach by rescue personnel with significant wounds to his legs.
"It was pretty deep. You could see muscle and bone. It was like his flesh had been ripped," said Truro police Officer Scott Holway.
Myers told WCVB-TV he suffered eight bite wounds, including a severed tendon, in his legs and required 47 stitches.
Doctors and nurses who happened to be on the beach helped control the bleeding.
Blaustein propped up Myers' legs, and his cousin, Cassie O'Connor, a nurse, started securing the wounds.
"We just grabbed towels, started putting as much pressure on wounds to try and control the bleeding," O'Connor said.
Myers was conscious when he was loaded into an ambulance.
Beachgoer Marshall Simpkins said he arrived at the scene when Myers was being put into the ambulance.
"I saw him being carried to the ambulance, and his ankle was wrapped; his feet were intact. Both ankles looked like they had been attacked," Simpkins said.
Recovering at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Myers told WCVB-TV he is feeling "great and lucky." He said doctors have told him he will walk again.
Myers added that it was a father's worst nightmare to have his son at risk. Fortunately, the shark didn't come near the teen.
WCVB-TV story link: http://tinyurl.com/d7ohc8x Link
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