A fisherman has spoken about the terrifying moment he was attacked by a massive shark.
Angler George Keywood was on holiday in the Bahamas when the beast sank its teeth into the back of his leg and his hand.
The 58-year-old had just caught a fish while wading in the sea off the coast of Great Exuma last Thursday.
In doing so he believes he stirred the interest of a number of lemon sharks.
He told Kent Live “It was surreal. I’d released the fish I’d just caught and was washing some slime off my hand in the water.
“The next thing I know there’s this thing banging against my leg.
“Then it went for my hand. It was a bit of a blur – there was a lot of blood.”
With “a lot of effing” due to the intense pain, Mr Keywood, from Flimwell, Kent, managed to get back to his boat.
But after a 20-minute journey to shore the local hospital was unable to give him the treatment he needed, so he flew to the Bahamian capital Nassau to see a specialist.
“He told me he dealt with about two shark attacks a year – the last lemon shark one took someone’s forearm off,” he said.
Fortunately for Mr Keywood – who once caught a shark of 500lbs during a previous fishing holiday – his leg injury amounted to “a flesh wound” which should heal by itself with bandaging.
The attack to his hand, however, has resulted in nerve damage which will require ongoing treatment with a plastic surgeon at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.
Lemon sharks, which can grow to 11 feet long and bear a striking resemblance to the deadly great white, are not considered a critical threat to humans.
But after his encounter Mr Keywood is not so sure.
“They had hanging been around earlier in the week but didn’t seem like a threat,” he said.
“But I’ve seen things since (the attack) which would have made me think twice about getting so close to them.”
Bewl Bridge Flyfishers’ Club member Mr Keywood, who is heading to Panama for more exotic fishing adventures next month, is unsure of the exact size of the animal which attacked him.
But the retired engineering project manager said those in the area at the time were between three and five feet long.
He added: “I will be more cautious in future.
“But in fairness I’d have probably had to have been lying on my back for it to have eaten me.”