KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Kailua-Kona resident James Kerrigan said he never saw the shark that chomped down on his right leg Tuesday then immediately swam away.
"It bit me. It was a quick bite. It thrashed around a little bit. And then, boom! Gone," he told Hawaii News Now by telephone.
Kerrigan, 28, was swimming with his fiance off Mahaiula Beach in North Kona. They were about 100 yards from shore. The water was twelve-feet deep and clear.
"My first thought was that it was one of my stupid friends coming behind me and trying to scare me, grab me and shaking me," he said. "I saw the blood. My only thought after that was just, 'Oh, God! I got to get to shore.'"
Kerrigan said the major damage is to his calf.
"There's multiple deep lacerations. They had to sew a lot of the muscle back together. I got real lucky. It didn't break any bones. It didn't cut any arteries or anything," he said.