Erik Norrie of Largo, Fla., survived the shark attack July 29 while snorkeling. He credits his quick-thinking father-in-law and a nearby vacationing doctor from San Diego for his survival.
"All of a sudden I felt this (crunch) on the back of my leg," Norrie said while awaiting skin grafts in Tampa General Hospital.
He recalled watching the shark swim off with a piece of his leg, WTVT-TV, Tampa, reported.
"My father-in-law jumped in the water between me and the shark, which was pretty courageous on his part," and the doctor helped Norrie from the water and to a hospital, Norrie said, adding, "It was tough ride. I really did think I was going to die."
He credited his religious faith, saying, "The Lord kept my head cool," and noted he's no stranger to emergency incidents, having been bitten by a rattlesnake and struck by lightning in the past.