The victim of a shark attack has spoken of the ordeal that took place near Coral Bay in Perth WA

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A spear fisherman who survived a terrifying shark attack by striking the predator has revealed he had to swim 100 yards back to his boat when blood gushed from his shredded leg.

Jackson ‘Jacko’ Howson, 27, was fishing with his girlfriend at Sandy Point near Coral Bay, north of Perth in Western Australia, when he was attacked at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday.

The tearing left the fisherman with a 5-8cm bite wound to his calf after the six-foot shark jumped at the same fish that speared Mr. Howson and attached it to his left leg, leaving his “calf hanging all over the place.”

Spear fisherman Jackson Howson (pictured) survived a shark horror attack by hitting the ocean predator in a life or death decision

Spear fisherman Jackson Howson (pictured) survived a shark horror attack by hitting the ocean predator in a life or death decision

Mr. Howson hit the shark and then swam back to his boat, where his girlfriend was forced to get behind the wheel and send him for help.

“It turned me around a bit and shook, while they do that, for a second,” he said 7 NEWS

‘I just tried to hit it and the [spearfishing] gun to poke it off me. ‘

Mr. Howson said the adrenaline kept him from feeling the pain when he was first bitten.

“You don’t feel the pain as much as it happens,” he said.

“But then if you look at your leg and realize there’s a calf hanging all over the place, you’re probably in trouble.”

Mr. Howson described the nerve-racking dive to the boat, saying, ‘I don’t know why it didn’t come back … you’d think it would smell that blood in the water and maybe start a frenzy with other sharks. ‘

The attack left the fisherman with a 5-8cm bite wound to his calf after the shark jumped at the same fish that speared Mr. Howson and clung to his left leg.

Mr. Howson said the adrenaline kept him from feeling the pain when he was first bitten

Mr. Howson said the adrenaline kept him from feeling the pain when he was first bitten

Mr. Howson said the adrenaline kept him from feeling the pain when he was first bitten

Mr. Howson said his girlfriend Maddie, who is in training, saved his life by thinking quickly.

She used a towel as a turnstile on the boat and then drove it back 35 km to Coral Bay, despite having only just learned to navigate the vehicle that morning.

“I think most people would lose their cool,” Mr. Howson said.

“I wouldn’t want to be in that situation either, but I think she’s studying paramedics, so obviously she’ll make a pretty good one out of it.”

He was fishing with his girlfriend on Sandy Point near Coral Bay, north of Perth, when he was attacked by a whaler or bull shark around 12:15 on Saturday.

He was fishing with his girlfriend on Sandy Point near Coral Bay, north of Perth, when he was attacked by a whaler or bull shark around 12:15 on Saturday.

He was fishing with his girlfriend on Sandy Point near Coral Bay, north of Perth, when he was attacked by a whaler or bull shark around 12:15 on Saturday.

Posting pictures of his lower leg injury from the hospital, Mr. Howson said he was ‘in good spirits’ and underwent surgery on land,

Witness Nick Hardie was fishing off Five Fingers Reef south of the bay when he saw the victim and his partner making their way, The Western Australian reported.

“We saw this white boat rushing towards us and we were a little confused,” Mr. Hardie said.

“We saw that there was a man in the floor of the boat and there was blood all over the boat.”

Mr. Hardie said his boat was the first the couple encountered after the attack.

Mr. Howson (pictured, left, fishing with friends), in his twenties, is recovering from the attack at Royal Perth Hospital

Mr. Howson (pictured, left, fishing with friends), in his twenties, is recovering from the attack at Royal Perth Hospital

Mr. Howson (pictured, left, fishing with friends), in his twenties, is recovering from the attack at Royal Perth Hospital

Mr. Howson (pictured) hit the shark and swam 100 yards to his boat where his girlfriend was forced to get behind the wheel and send him to help

Mr. Howson (pictured) hit the shark and swam 100 yards to his boat where his girlfriend was forced to get behind the wheel and send him to help

Mr. Howson (pictured) hit the shark and swam 100 yards to his boat where his girlfriend was forced to get behind the wheel and send him to help

The girlfriend explained that the spear fisherman had been bitten and added, “I can’t drive this boat.”

“We followed them up the boat ramp and then parked next to them and I jumped on their boat,” explained Mr. Hardie.

“She was a little nervous and didn’t really know how to drive it and it was on the ground, so I parked the boat against the dock by the boat ramp.”

He drove the couple’s boat to the dock where the paramedics tied a turnstile around Mr. Howson’s thigh and wrapped a towel around his calf to cover the bite.

Mr. Howon posted photos of the ordeal on social media before his surgery, including one in which he made a shark’s finger on his head as he drove into the ambulance.

‘Had better weekends. Flatter than the earth. Shark bite oo ha ha, ”he said.

Mr Howon posted photos of the ordeal on social media before his surgery, including one in which he made a shark's finger on his head as he drove into the ambulance

Mr Howon posted photos of the ordeal on social media before his surgery, including one in which he made a shark's finger on his head as he drove into the ambulance

Mr Howon posted photos of the ordeal on social media before his surgery, including one in which he made a shark’s finger on his head as he drove into the ambulance

A spear fisherman who was bitten by a shark in a popular tourist spot recovers in the hospital after his brave girlfriend is dashed to death to save his life.  Pictured: The man will receive medical treatment on Saturday

A spear fisherman who was bitten by a shark in a popular tourist spot recovers in the hospital after his brave girlfriend is dashed to death to save his life.  Pictured: The man will receive medical treatment on Saturday

A spear fisherman who was bitten by a shark in a popular tourist spot recovers in the hospital after his brave girlfriend is dashed to death to save his life. Pictured: The man will receive medical treatment on Saturday

He also posted another photo of him in the hospital with two thumbs up while he waited for his surgery.

“Thank you for all the support,” he wrote.

‘Too drugged to answer, surgery in a few hours, maybe the plastic can fix this lid too. In a good mood. ‘

He is now recovering at Royal Perth Hospital.

HOW TO SURVIVE A SHARK ATTACK

DEFEND YOURSELF:

If the attack is close, defend yourself with whatever weapons you have and avoid using your hands or feet if possible. If not, aim your punches at the shark’s gills, eyes, or snout.

ATTACK SENSITIVE AREAS:

If the shark manages to grab part of your body, George Burgess, International Shark File Attack File expert, said to be just as aggressive as “ playing dead doesn’t work. ” Instead, try to claw the eyes and gill openings.

STOP THE BLOODING AND SEEK MEDICATION ATTENTION:

Try to stop the bleeding and get immediate medical attention – no matter how minor the injury may seem. Swimmers cannot rule out a second attack, but should get out of the water as calmly and quickly as possible.

AVOID THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS:

– If you cut or injure yourself in the water, leave immediately

Swim away from catches as they leave a trail of bait and blood that can attract sharks

– Avoid large groups of seals, fish or sea lions as these are part of a shark’s diet

– Avoid excessive splashing or erratic behavior in the water

– Do not wear high-contrast clothing such as orange and yellow or shiny jewelry that resembles fish scales

Source: National Geographic