Finley Downer was swimming in a lagoon in Compass Bay when he was attacked by the shark and bitten on both legs
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Three nurse sharks attacked eight-year-old Finley Downer as he was swimming in a lagoon in Compass Bay. (Source: Adobe)
A young boy was attacked by a shark while on vacation in the Bahamas.
The boy was taken to hospital after the incident with his father, Michael Downer, and described it as a “scene outside of Jaws”.
“There was so much blood”
Mr Downer had taken his three children – Finley, 8, Lily, 9, and Emily, 12 – on a luxury holiday to the Caribbean in the week beginning August 1.
The family was halfway through a five-island tour when Finley, along with his siblings and a large crowd of tourists, went swimming in a lagoon in Compass Bay.
However, nurse sharks also swam in the lagoon, unbeknownst to the crowd, the creatures were being fed by throwing them into the water.
Three of the creatures targeted the eight-year-old boy while he was swimming, leaving serious injuries on both legs. He was pulled out of the water by his sister Lily.
Mr Downer said: “[I] heard a horrified scream and saw dozens (of sharks) circling Finley.
“There was so much blood. Parts of his leg were hanging off.
“He kept saying, ‘Dad, I don’t want to die. Dad, I don’t want to go to heaven’.”
Finley was taken to hospital in a golf buggy, where he underwent a three-hour operation to salvage his limb. Mr Downer had to pay £2,000 for a flight to meet his son in hospital in the capital, Nassau.
The family tour guides claimed the lagoon was safe
Speak with The sunMr Downer said the family had been told by tour guides that the sharks were safe in the water.
Operator Exuma Escapes claimed in a statement to the newspaper that the family went into a lagoon they don’t use on their tour without a guide, adding that nurse sharks are docile bottom feeders if not mistreated.
A nurse shark can weigh around 200 to 330 pounds and reach 7.5 to 9.5 feet in length at full size. The creatures also have very strong jaws with thousands of tiny teeth.
The sharks have been known to bite in defense when approached or provoked by divers.
The Downer family have since returned to their home in Kettering while Finley recovers from his injuries.
He is currently confined to a wheelchair while he recovers and will likely have permanent scars on his legs.