Surfer, 23, bitten by a shark off the coast of Florida, goes to a BAR instead of the hospital

A professional surfer bitten by a shark off the coast of Florida went to a bar instead of the hospital to show off his injuries and get free drinks.

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Dramatic images show Frank O & Rourke, 23, beaten into the water after being knocked off his board and attacked during his absence from Jacksonville Beach on Saturday.

The incident left a bloody gash on his arm, with visible deep teeth, after being forced to fight off the shark, and Frank says he's lucky to still have an arm.

But instead of seeking medical help, O & Rourke chose to show his injuries in a local bar, his friend told News4Jax.

Eyewitness RJ Berger said: & # 39; It was a kind of panic, such as: "Did that just happen?"

& # 39; It took him a few seconds to gather himself and realize, such as: "Wow, I was a bit hit by a shark," and then we all went to the beach.

& # 39; He went straight to a bar because he was like: "I got bitten by a shark" and people said, "I'll buy you drinks." So he went and hung on the pier. & # 39;

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Frank O & # 39; Rourke was attacked on Jacksonville Beach on Saturday afternoon. The incident left a bloody cut, pictured, and Frank says he's lucky to still have an arm & # 39;

Frank O & # 39; Rourke was attacked on Jacksonville Beach on Saturday afternoon. The incident left a bloody cut, pictured, and Frank says he's lucky to still have an arm & # 39;

Professional surfer Frank O & Rourke, in the photo, went to a bar instead of the hospital to show off his injuries and get free drinks after being bitten by the shark

Professional surfer Frank O & Rourke, in the photo, went to a bar instead of the hospital to show off his injuries and get free drinks after being bitten by the shark

Professional surfer Frank O & Rourke, in the photo, went to a bar instead of the hospital to show off his injuries and get free drinks after being bitten by the shark

Dramatic images show O & # 39; Rourke beaten in the water after being knocked off his plate

Dramatic images show O & # 39; Rourke beaten in the water after being knocked off his plate

Dramatic images show O & # 39; Rourke beaten in the water after being knocked off his plate

The shark, presumably a three-foot foot spinner or blacktip shark, hit about 20 meters from the pier on O & R # 39; Rourke & # 39; s arm on Saturday afternoon.

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It swam away after beating the surfer for about 30 seconds.

O & # 39; Rourke, who was treated with patches on the spot, told it WJXX: & # 39; The craziest thing that happened to me in my life.

& # 39; I felt something jump out of the water and sound on my arm with my elbow. It just grabbed me and hit me in the water and swam away.

& # 39; I am very lucky that I still have an arm. You can see the jaw line, such as where the shark jaw line is. There is still blood on my surfboard. & # 39;

O & # 39; Rourke, pictured after the attack that still holds his board, says it's the first time he has ever been bitten by a shark after two decades of surfing in the area

O & # 39; Rourke, pictured after the attack that still holds his board, says it's the first time he has ever been bitten by a shark after two decades of surfing in the area

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O & # 39; Rourke, pictured after the attack that still holds his board, says it's the first time he has ever been bitten by a shark after two decades of surfing in the area

The shark, presumably a three-foot foot spinner or blacktip shark, closed on Saturday afternoon about 20 meters from the pier on O & # 39; Rourke & # 39; s arm

The shark, presumably a three-foot foot spinner or blacktip shark, closed on Saturday afternoon about 20 meters from the pier on O & # 39; Rourke & # 39; s arm

He says it is & # 39; the craziest thing that has happened to me in my life & # 39;

He says it is & # 39; the craziest thing that has happened to me in my life & # 39;

The shark, presumably a three-foot foot spinner or blacktip shark, hit about 20 meters from the pier on O & R # 39; Rourke & # 39; s arm on Saturday afternoon. He says it is & # 39; the craziest thing that has happened to me in my life & # 39;

Eyewitness RJ Berger said that R & Rourke went to a local bar instead of seeking medical help

Eyewitness RJ Berger said that R & Rourke went to a local bar instead of seeking medical help

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Eyewitness RJ Berger said that R & Rourke went to a local bar instead of seeking medical help

& # 39; He went straight to a bar because he was like: "I got bitten by a shark" and people said, "I'll buy you drinks." So he went to hang out at the pier & # 39 ;, Berger says. The pier is shown

& # 39; He went straight to a bar because he was like: "I got bitten by a shark" and people said, "I'll buy you drinks." So he went to hang out at the pier & # 39 ;, Berger says. The pier is shown

& # 39; He went straight to a bar because he was like: "I got bitten by a shark" and people said, "I'll buy you drinks." So he went to hang out at the pier & # 39 ;, Berger says. The pier is shown

O & # 39; Rourke says it's the first time he has ever been bitten by a shark after two decades of surfing in the area.

He added: & # 39; They usually swim and do their own thing. This shark just came out of nowhere. It just came out of the water and grabbed me as if it wanted me.

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& # 39; If it's your time, it's your time. If the [sharks] want you, they want you. You are more likely to be struck by lightning than killed by a shark. I'm going to buy a ticket. & # 39;

Berger, who saw everything happen, added: & # 39; He was right behind the wave and boom, then he was hit.

& # 39; It's inevitable, it's going to happen. It happened to some of my friends. It doesn't bother you, but I mean, if it's going to happen, it will happen.

& # 39; There is nothing you can do to really stop that, so try not to worry about it. & # 39;

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