Eric Steinley defended himself against a shark attack: He punched the giant fish!

Rescuers set out for Salom Creek Beach, California, on Sunday, October 10, where a shark attacked. Erik Steinley went surfing there. The 38-year-old experienced surfer wanted to spend a pleasant Sunday relaxing in the waves. Little did he know that the trip would have a dramatic end.

He was resting on a board and watching the shore when he felt incredible pain and in an instant he found himself below the surface. “I just felt an awfully heavy thing pulling me and it was like a clamp around my leg.” described for television ABC the moment a great white shark grabbed his leg and pulled him below the surface.

A little further on, Jared Davis surfed, seeing only the shark’s tail flickering over the surface. Stainley managed to keep a cool head and tried to defend the predator with his bare hands. “I hit the thing. It was such a pathetic blow compared to how big a creature it was. “ he added, cutting his hand against his teeth.

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But Stainley was very lucky because the shark released him. The injured surfer was finally able to rise above the surface to take a breath and start shouting at the others to swim quickly out of the water.

As he swam ashore, he occasionally saw shadows below the surface. “I thought I certainly couldn’t handle it.” described the struggle for life. As soon as he reached the shore, dozens of other surfers came to his aid. The others put him on a surfboard and took him away from the beach to the helicopter. He had to undergo several surgeries at the hospital.

“He has a long way to go, and he does.” stated his friend Mark Jensen on the site GoFundMe, where he decided to establish a public collection for his friend. Proceeds will be used for medical expenses.

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