SYDNEY: Rolling from his surfboard, blood gushing from the wound where a shark had just ripped a big chunk of flesh from his thigh, Australian Glen Folkard had just one thought: “I’m alive.”
Folkard, 44, was out beyond the breakers at Redhead Beach, north of Sydney, when a three-metre (9.8 feet) bull shark lunged for his board, knocking him to the water and dragging him beneath the surface locked in its powerful jaws.
“It was everything you’d think it would be, just sheer terror,” he told AFP, five weeks after the savage attack.
“He’s hit me from underneath, he’s grabbed me, he’s turned me, took me under and then let go cos I think he had fibreglass in his mouth … and that was my chance.”
Scrambling to shore, the predator’s dark shadow trailing his blood slick all the way, all Folkard could do was ride a wave in and collapse on the sand with a “big mass of yuck” where his thigh once was, but with his life intact.
“I just remember rolling off the surfboard onto my back, looking at the sky and just loving life instantly,” he said, despite having just lost two kilogrammes (4.4 pounds) of his leg to the ocean predator.
“I was laying on my back looking just at the blue sky, going ‘I’m alive, I made it’ because it was all but over. He was metres away from having a second go.”