Shark bite victim talks about frightening attack - - Jackson, MS

Shark bite victim talks about frightening attack

By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson businessman is recovering from a vicious shark bite.

Sixty-two-year-old Chris Haynes Jr. was fishing in knee-deep water Saturday off the Louisiana coast when aggressive sharks began circling him.

He began his story by saying "These seemed aggressive you know."

It happened without warning. Haynes told WLBT news Tuesday, "The first one bumped me, hit my leg, but didn't attempt to bite me. That's when I realized we needed to get back in the boat and then the second one when he came around he lit into me."

Haynes suffered a deep bite from what he believes was a large Bull shark. He was lucky his fishing buddies were close by and saw him go down. The attack could have turned into dire circumstances quickly, with Haynes helpless and bleeding in the water.

When ask how big the shark was, Haynes replied, "It was about a six to eight footer. He had a broad head. The cut starts up here and ends on my foot."

His friend Joe Gex and son Chris helped get the bleeding man quickly back to his boat, The Predator.

"That's not the place you want to be long, a lot of blood in the water. We were concerned the shark was going to come back if we didn't move fast," said Gex.

It was an intense situation. Other sharks were circling the area.

"The boat was probably 200 to 300 yards away... Get me in that boat. It was bleeding; blood excites sharks."

The fishermen were about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans.  An emergency radio message was sent out. It was nearly an hour before a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued him.

Haynes said he's fished in Breton Sound for years and the law of averages caught up with him.

When we asked if he would go back, Haynes said, "Yes I'm going back as soon as I heal up."

The Jackson businessman has already undergone two surgeries at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and has more to go, in addition to a skin graft.

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