"It Bitten My Leg Right": The 17-year-old surfer suffers a horror wound after a 7-foot shark attacked him when he fell off his board in waters off Florida
- 17-year-old Jordan Hooper was surfing near Ormond Beach, Florida when he fell off his surfboard and kicked something into the water
- He didn't know what he'd kicked until he suddenly felt his leg get trapped
- The water around him turned red and Hooper realized that he had been bitten by a shark
- Loss of blood led to exhaustion and he tried hard to get back on land
- Eventually a wave landed him back on the beach and he was taken to the hospital
- It took Hooper 24 stitches in his leg but vows to get back in the water once he's fully healed
A Florida surfer is recovering after being attacked by a shark that took dozens of stitches in his leg.
17-year-old Jordan Hooper was surfing near Ormond Beach near Daytona Beach and was 100 feet from shore when a wave knocked him off the board.
He felt something in the water as he stepped away and suddenly felt a burning pain around his right leg.
Although he never met the shark face to face, he knew he had been attacked after seeing the sea turn red around him.
17-year-old Jordan Hooper was surfing near Ormond Beach, Florida when he fell off his surfboard and kicked something into the water
“I started swimming on the board and then I kicked something in the water. It grabbed my leg completely.
& # 39; As soon as I kick it, boom! Everything happened so fast! It completely grabbed my leg, ”he told Tracking Sharks.
& # 39; The back is the worst. All of the teeth went right through my leg, ”Hooper said to WIST. "They said it could have been anywhere between 6 and 7 feet of black tip."
He didn't know what he'd kicked until he suddenly felt his pictured leg get clamped. The sea around him turned red and Hooper realized that he had been bitten by a shark
It took Hooper 24 stitches in his leg but vows to get back in the water once he's fully healed
“Things were just going through my head. I turned around and saw all the blood in the water and confirmed what had happened. I knew I had to swim to my board. & # 39;
“I think, if anything, I got in my way more than anything when I kicked him. I think it lost its cool and just went for me, ”he said.
The ocean current was so strong, with blood loss from his shark bite, that Hooper struggled to swim back to his surfboard
"I got exhausted and felt like I was passing out," he said.
He tried to signal his friends, but they didn't understand what had happened.
Hooper said losing blood quickly leads to exhaustion and making an effort to get back on land
The teenagers were swimming in the warm waters off Ormond Beach, Florida
"That's when I realized I was wasting my energy, but I had to go ashore before anything could get worse."
Fortunately, a big wave came when he picked the teenager up with his board and drove him back to the beach.
It took another 45 minutes for paramedics to arrive to take the teenager to the hospital.
He had to go to the emergency room for a few hours and stay out of the water while his leg heals and the stitches are removed.
Even so, Hooper says he plans to get back on his surfboard as soon as he's healed.
“I'm sure I'll have a little PTSD. I'm going to step on something in the water and it'll freak me out a bit. It will be some time before it is safely over, ”he said.
Hooper believes he was bitten by a black-tipped shark pictured (file photo). He is the 10th shark victim of the year in Volusia County.
“If you look at it, every time you step in the water, a shark will be 50 feet away from you. They are just as afraid of you as you are of them. Obviously I'll get back in, it'll just sit on my head the whole time. I was bitten by a shark and I don't want to do it again. & # 39;
Hooper is the 10th Shark Victim of the Year in Volusia County.
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