Erik Norrie might be the world’s unluckiest guy, or maybe he’s lucky to survive some of the stuff the Universe has thrown at him. He has been struck by lightning, bitten by snakes, twice punched by monkeys, and now he’s survived a shark attack.
Norrie was snorkling and spearfishing in the Bahamas on July 29th. He had just speared a a fish for dinner when something else decided to make dinner out of his leg. It was a shark.
“After I had speared the grouper, I was swimming back toward the boat to put them in the cooler and I was probably in about five feet of water,” Norrie told Tampa Bay’s FOX affiliate.. “And all of the sudden I felt this [crunch] on the back of my leg. And just as I looked back, he was just finishing his bite and ripping and swimming off, and you could see a piece of my leg in his mouth. My first reaction was, ‘Aaaahhh!’ And I real quickly flipped my right foot into the shallowest water I could get in and I stood up and I picked my leg up out of the water.”
“I immediately threw the spear down with the fish because there was an enormous pool of blood around me and that shark was swimming all through the blood, sort of looking around, for more,” he continued.
Norrie credits faith for keeping him strong and saving enough of his leg that he can still walk.