Family, friends say surfer lost leg in Hawaii shark attack

Colin Cook

HONOLULU (AP) – Family and friends say 25-year-old Colin Cook lost most of his leg in a shark attack off Oahu’s North Shore.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports relatives identified the victim and confirmed doctors amputated most of his left leg. His hands were injured when he punched the shark before it swam away.

His cousin, Chris Webster, says Cook swam to another surfer who paddled him to shore. He told KHON-TV it’s heart-breaking that doctors had to amputate above the knee, but that Cook is in good spirits.

Cook’s friend John Carper helped get him out of the water. He said the Rhode Island native is a regular at the popular surf spot where the shark bit him.

The Honolulu Emergency Medical Services Department says bystanders acted quickly and helped save Cook’s life.
preventingsharkattacks

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s