Shark bites the face of 13-year-old boy who barely managed to survive

A 13-year-old boy was bitten in the face by a shark while out at sea with his family. Thankfully his life is no longer in danger.

In order to maintain the family tradition, 13-year-old Fischer Hricko, an American teenager, recently went on holiday to Florida with his mother and father for the lobster season.

But on Wednesday 29 July, while the family was out on the water in the heart of the Florida Keys to catch some tasty seafood, the young boy had the misfortune to come face to face with a nurse shark that bit him in the face, according to Fox35.

A shark bite to the face

The species is usually known for its docile nature. But this encounter was clearly nothing like usual. The teenager recalled:

I saw a big lobster and I managed to catch it in my hand, as I was coming up, while I had the lobster in my hand, I felt a little tap on the back of my leg. I looked behind me and the shark was in my face,

At that moment, Fischer's father was also in the water. The boy's mother was on the boat. She said:

He just appeared and yelled 'mommy, mommy, shark! Get me out of here! Get me out of the water!'
Honestly, it was the scariest five minutes of my life. Just hearing that terror in your child's voice is something I can't really get out of my head.

10 stitches on his lip

Once back on the boat, the little family rushed to the hospital where Fischer received 10 stitches on his lip, which was split by the shark's bite. 'It hurts from time to time, but I'm OK now,' says the boy, who has no intention of giving up his deep-sea trips.

I'm ready, but I feel like the first few times I'll be a little scared, but I'll get in the water.

This article was translated from Gentside FR.

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