The Associated Press
HONOLULU — All the way back to shore after an 8-foot tiger shark chomped into his left leg, Harvey Miller thought he might die.
“I just remember saying, ‘Oh God, not like this, no way,’ ” Miller said Friday, a day after the fish attacked him off Oahu’s Bellows Beach.
The shark came after the 36-year-old attorney from Toledo in clear blue waters in an area not known for shark attacks. The last such incident in that area dates back almost 50 years, the state’s Shark Task Force said.
The father of four was snorkeling and looking for turtles about 150 yards from shore when he noticed that fish near him looked spooked.
Then he saw a large shark’s flat snout and felt the animal spin him around.
Speaking to reporters at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where he was taken after the attack, Miller said he punched the shark twice, scaring it. Then Miller started screaming and yelling for help and headed for shore.
A day later, he was sitting in a hospital wheelchair, tired and nauseous from the pain medicine, but grateful for his doctor’s estimate that he should be walking in a few months and hopefully playing basketball with his teenage son within a year.