A SWIMMER fought off a massive shark that mauled his leg after he jumped into the water during a boat party.
He was on a boat off the coast when he decided to cool off with a swim.
Mr Price then suddenly felt something pushing on his leg.
He told the Daily Mercury: “I put my hand down and felt a big head and I thought, “Oh this isn’t good.’”
Mr Price said he managed to push the shark‘s head away from him but as he desperately tried to climb onto the ladder and get back onto the boat the shark attacked him again.
The shark sunk its teeth into Mr Price’s leg, causing deep lacerations.
He managed to get back onto the boat and his friends used first aid to wrap his leg before rushing to a nearby island to get help.
Mr Price was flown back to land and taken to hospital for emergency surgery.
He was given more than 60 stitches to treat the deep wounds in his left leg.
He joked that the shark was “just nibbling the back of my leg”.
Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman Julianne Ryalf said: “QAS received a call for assistance from a vessel approximately 45 minutes offshore.
“He had been bitten by a shark to the left leg, thigh and shin; the lacerations were deep enough to require stitches.”
She praised Mr Price’s friends for keeping him alert despite his injuries.
QAS clinical support officer Peter Gleeson said Mr Price was “very lucky”.
He said: “Any sort of shark bite is taken very seriously, and the results can be quite serious.
“However, in this instance, it seems like the patient was very lucky indeed.”