MIAMI (CBS SF) — A Santa Rosa man vacationing in Florida was attacked by a shark while swimming in waters off Miami’s South Beach.
Mark Bowden told reporters he was bitten by a blacktip shark on Wednesday, and he required surgery to fix an 8-inch gash in his leg.READ MORE: Puppy Stolen From Vehicle In San Francisco; Suspect Refuses To Cooperate
“It felt like something punched my leg really, really hard,” Bowden told reporters.
On Thursday, he walked out of a local trauma center with a bandaged leg and no assistance.READ MORE: Bay Area COVID-19 Roundup: Crimes Linked To Lockdown-Violating Underground Gatherings; Santa Clara Relaxes Outdoor Gathering Rules
“It was the kind of force that I felt would normally knock me over but it didn’t,” said Bowden.
At the time of the attack, Bowden says he was waist deep and didn’t realize he had just been bitten by a shark.
“I was hoping it was not a shark, but I knew that was a possibility. Something did not feel right. It didn’t feel like I got a bite, but it did not feel normal either.”MORE NEWS: Los Altos Hills Man Arrested For Child Porn Possession, Distribution