An eight-year-old British boy was devastated in an attack by three sharks that was “like a scene from Jaws” while on holiday in the Bahamas.
Inley Downer, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, had to be pulled out of the water by his sister Lilly and taken to hospital with severe lacerations to his legs. His family had been on a five-island tour package that included a guided swim with iguanas, pigs and nurse sharks in Compass Cay.
His father Michael said: “My son could have been killed. It was like a scene from Jaws.”
He said he and his family saw sharks swimming in a lagoon among crowds.
His children Finley, Lily (9) and Emily (12) decided to come in and play with them, unaware that the nurse sharks were being fed at the time.
Mr Downer said: “I heard a horrified scream. It was so much blood. Parts of his leg were hanging off. He kept saying, ‘Dad, I don’t want to die. I don’t want to go to heaven’.”
The family went without a guide and visited a lagoon not included on the tour, tour operator Exuma Escapes said.
Finley was taken to a nearby medical clinic in a golf buggy.
His father had to pay for a £2,000 flight to Nassau so his son, who is likely to have permanent scars, could travel to hospital for surgery. (© Independent News Service)
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