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Man Survives Shark Attack And Tells Story

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The fact that Erik Norrie is walking is no small miracle. His lower left leg is bandaged and sore from a nasty shark bite.

"It's called the shark bite diet. You can lose 2 pounds in 3 seconds!" Norrie jokes.

It happened on July 29th, just off the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. He was doing a snorkeling and spearfishing grouper in 5 feet of water.

"And all of the sudden I felt this," Norrie recalls, as he makes a chomping sound, "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!" Norrie remembers. He was losing blood fast.

"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!" Norrie says.

His wife Spryng and their four daughters all saw it.

"It was a reality as soon as I saw red covering the water," Spryng recalls.

"My daughter, she got on the radio, calling out, 'help help, my dad's been bitten by a shark!'" Norrie says.

He tied rubber bands from his spear around his leg to cut off the flow.

"I didn't keep my head cool; the Lord kept my head cool because I couldn't have done it without Him. He sustained me, kept me calm," Norrie recalls.

A doctor visiting from San Diego just happened to be within 3 minutes of them. He helped get them to shore and to a hospital in Miami.

"That was a tough ride, I really did think I was going to die," Norrie recalls. His wife and daughters grabbed his hands and prayed.

"They were gathered together in prayer, just praying out loud and my oldest daughter started texting friends of mine to pray!" Norrie recalls.

"From what I saw on the boat of his leg and each step that went along, I felt like miracles were happening!" Spryng says.

According to the International Shark Attack File, every year there are about 100 attacks reported worldwide.

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