A man was bitten by a shark in Avon, North Carolina.
Patrick Thornton,47, was playing with his son and two other family members around a half mile south of the Avon Pier June 26.
Around 11:40 a.m. a shark grabbed Patrick’s leg.
“I felt a tug at my foot,” he told Good Morning America “It took a pretty big chunk out of my right leg, so I started punching the shark.”
Two of the young family members exited the water, but his son was frozen in fear.
“I ran over and grabbed Jack[his son], and as I was bringing him to shore the shark came over again and bit me in the back,” he said. “And this time, he bit me really, really hard.”
Thornton punched the 4- to 5-foot long shark using both hands and finally knocked it off. He picked up his son and the duo exited the knee to waist-deep water.
He was transported to the hospital for treatment of the multiple puncture wounds and should make a full recovery.
North Carolina has been experiencing a high number of serious shark related incidents this year.
The location has been marked on the 2015 Shark Attack Map.