& # 39; My wetsuit was red with blood & # 39 ;: the Australian surfer is lucky to be alive after being hit over the FACE by a poisonous stingray
- James Taylor was slapped right in the face by a poisonous stingray
- He had just plunged into a wave at Mullaloo Beach in northern Perth on Tuesday
- Mr. Taylor did not see the stingray lying in wait and was shocked by the loss of blood
A three-year-old father nearly raised his eye after beating the face with a poisonous stingray while surfing on a suburban beach.
James Taylor, 41, was surfing on Mullaloo Beach in northern Perth on Tuesday when he suddenly felt a painful pain on his face as he dived under a wave and into a thick piece of seaweed.
& # 39; I just felt a huge cut on my cheek and once I got upstairs I saw the blood, & # 39; he said 9News.
James Taylor (photo) was surfing on Mullaloo Beach in northern Perth on Tuesday when he suddenly felt a painful pain in his face after diving into a wave
Unable to see the stingray, Taylor quickly swam back to the shore and managed to walk to the beach car park where another beachgoer quickly came to the rescue and bound his face.
While he was being treated, Taylor said he was worried after seeing how much blood he lost.
& # 39; I looked at myself and I was wearing a black wetsuit, but it was just red (with blood). I showered quickly and everywhere was just red. & # 39;
He then called a friend who rushed to him to nearby Joondalup Hospital, where shocked doctors told him he had a happy escape.
Mr. Taylor quickly swam back to the coast and managed to walk to the beach parking lot where another beachgoer quickly came to the rescue and packed his face
& # 39; If it had been slightly higher, it would have caught my eye, and if it had hit my neck it would have been a completely different story, & # 39; he said.
Taylor urges swimmers and surfers to be extra careful in the ocean and to pay particular attention to areas with thick seaweed.
& # 39; You don't know what is hiding in that seaweed. I hate this happening to someone else, & he said.
Taylor underwent plastic surgery to his face on Tuesday afternoon, but has stated that he will return to the water as soon as he has allowed it.
Taylor says he couldn't see the stingray between the thick seaweed and warns beachgoers to be extra careful in the water (stock image)
It comes after a man died after a stingray pierced his belly while swimming in November of last year.
The man died after a cardiac arrest on Lauderdale Beach, 13 kilometers east of Hobart, Tasmania.
He had been swimming alone and close to the coast when the attack took place, police said.
Friends dragged him to the sand and tried to resuscitate him, but were unsuccessful.
Taylor was surfing on Mullaloo Beach (photo) in northern Perth when he was beaten
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