Big Island fisherman says he punched shark as it bit his leg

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Hawaii fisherman says he fought off tiger shark as it bit his leg.

In this Sept. 20 2015 frame from video provided by Braxton Rocha, Rocha films himself after being bit by a large tiger shark off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. (AP) HONOLULU – A Hawaii spear fisherman said Wednesday he fought off a large tiger shark by smacking it in its nose after it locked onto his leg along a remote stretch of Big Island coastline. But when the call failed, Braxton Rocha told The Associated Press from his hospital bed, he did the next best thing — he posted a video of his wounded leg online.

After checking an underwater cave, he caught a flash of stripes in the corner of his eye and was face-to-face with the largest tiger shark he had ever seen. But the fish was too strong, he said, and its massive jaws clamped down on his leg. “I started making some strokes in after I punched her and that’s when the blood just started gushing everywhere in the water, and I was like, this is not good,” he said. “I started getting scared because I thought she was going to come back in for more.” Rocha said he swam as hard as he could to shore about 60 yards away.

Rocha was reportedly spear-fishing when a 13-foot Tiger shark bit him but was able to get the assistance of his fishing companion once he reached the shore. He began his trek to the hospital via private vehicle, according to the Hawai’i County Fire Department, before being intercepted at the 21 mile marker on Akoni Pule Highway by an ambulance that took him to Kamehameha Park to be airlifted. “I just want to personally thank everyone out there for their kind and loving words and all of the prayers sent my way,” Rocha wrote. “Can’t express my gratitude and love for you all. “This kanaka ain’t getting taken out that easily! Doctors told him that he will make a full recovery once his wounds, which required about 100 staples, heal. “They were like, ‘Wow, you just got attacked by a shark, you could have died.

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