Surfers miracle shark attack escape after beast dragged him below surface

A student who was attacked by a shark has recalled the terrifying moment the shark’s jaws clasped around his foot, pulling him beneath the surface.

Chris Pospisil, a student at the University of Central Florida was luckily rescued by his friend Reece Redish.

The 21-year-old and his mate were surfing off the coast of New Smyrna Beach at around 3pm local time last Friday (July 14) when he was ambushed by the beast.

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They were just about to return to shore when the predator swam beneath his board, knocking him into the water.

Speaking to Fox35, Pospisil explained: “The shark came from under me on my board and tipped me backwards off my board, and I was falling backwards.

“I saw my foot in his mouth, and it dragged me under."

Reddish heard splashing water and noticed that Pospisil had gone underwater.

Redish explained : “He pops up screaming, ‘I got bit!’.

“I’m not going to leave my friend in the water. I’m willing to put myself at risk to help out anyone."

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Pospisil said when he resurfaced: “Reece was already there, already on top of me, got me by my shirt, and pulled me on the board.”

The victim had emergency surgery to repair the seven tendons which had been ripped to pieces by the shark's jaws.

Pieces of the beast’s teeth were found embedded in Pospisil’s bones, according to a GoFunMe page set up for the young man.

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The news outlet reported that he has since been released from the hospital but faces a long road to recovery, with up to six months of physical therapy.

“The top of my foot is going to be numb in some areas for the rest of my life, and my foot might be stiff because they had to repair all seven tendons,” Pospisil said.

“Reece really made the difference. You know, if he wasn’t there, I think it could have been way worse, and I think I definitely wouldn’t have gotten to the shore in time and probably would have passed out in the water,” he added.

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The friends said they plan to return to the water as soon as possible.

“I think I can do it. I know I can. When Chris is better, I’ll be surfing with him every day,” Redish told Fox 35.

“It hasn’t changed anything. I’m definitely going to keep surfing. It’s my lifestyle, and it’s something I love to do,” added Pospisil, a member of UCF’s surf team.

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