Shark attack ‘won’t bring my life down’ – BBC News

A US teenager who lost his arm in a shark attack says he won’t let what happened bring his life down.

Hunter Treschl, 16, was playing with his cousin in waist deep water off Oak Island, North Carolina, on Sunday.

“I felt this kind of hit on my left leg, like it was a big fish coming near you or something. Then I felt it like one more time and it just kind of hit my arm.

“The first I saw it was when it was biting up my left arm.”

Speaking from his hospital bed Hunter said he managed to get the shark off him, eventually.

“I don’t know if it swam away but I was able to move and I got out of the water with the help of my cousin.”

Oak Island, North Carolina

A 12-year-old girl was also attacked by a shark in the same area less than two hours before Hunter. She lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury.

Hunter was taken to hospital and said he was conscious for the whole ordeal.

“I like to think I was aware at least. And so there’s about 25 people in this room and they kind of got me ready for surgery.

“They knocked me out and fixed my arm up, did a pretty good job on it too from what I hear and feels good.”

Helicopter over Oak Island

Hunter said he’s determined to lead “a normal life” despite losing a limb.

“I have kind of two options. I can try to live my life the way I was and make an effort to do that, even though I don’t have an arm, or I can kind of just let this be completely debilitating and bring my life down and ruin it in a way.

“Out of those two, there’s really only one that I would actually choose to do and that’s to try to fight and life a normal life with the cards I’ve been dealt.”

Shark attacks are rare – there were 72 unprovoked shark attacks on humans in 2014, according to the International Shark Attack File.

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