Brett Connellan was surfing when a shark grabbed a hold of his leg and although he tried to fight it off, it was his blood-curdling screams that brought him help. Connellan’s cry for help caught the ear of his surfing buddy, Joel Trist, who looked up and saw Connellan thrashing about in the water.
Connellan, 22, is a pro surfer, so the water is his second home. The 22-year-old Australian was attacked off Bombo Beach, a popular surfing spot in Australia among locals.
Trist said it didn’t register at first what was going on, but his instinct told him to paddle out to his friend, who was about 150-feet away from him. When it hit Trist that his buddy was fighting with a shark, he didn’t know what he was going to do once he reached him, but he was going to Connellan anyway, reports MSN News on March 31.
Luckily the shark skirted out of the area by the time Trist reached his friend. He managed to get him up on his surf board and paddle him in to shore, according to People Magazine.
During that trip into the beach he asked his friend “what was it like,” all Connellan could say was “not good.” He knew then his friend was seriously hurt as he could see a huge portion of his thigh was gone, right down to the bone.
Not only this pro surfer lucky to have such a brave friend nearby, he was also lucky that two off-duty nurses were on the beach. They made a tourniquet out of a surf board leg rope and tightened it around the pro surfer’s thigh to stop the bleeding.
Connellan’s thigh was three-quarters gone, “ripped-off,” in this shark attack. He also had wounds on his hands from fighting the shark trying to get him off his leg. Experts believe it was most likely a great white shark that attacked the pro surfer.
Connellan is in serious, but stable condition, his father said in a short statement to the media. Terry Morrow from the ambulance that transported the pro surfer said, “He had lost a large proportion of his left thigh, and the quad muscle was torn away right down to the bone.”