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Maui shark attack victim shares his story

Vaughn Stover and friends. Photo courtesy: Deanna Stover Vaughn Stover and friends. Photo courtesy: Deanna Stover

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 15-year-old body boarder bitten by a shark on Sunday is sharing his story.

Vaughn Stover was paddling to an outer reef spot near Kahului Harbor when an eight-to-10 foot long shark chomped down on his leg.

"I was about 10 or 15 feet in front of my friends when I looked over to them and a shark came out of the water and I felt it on my leg. So, I pulled my leg back and it bit down right on my heel," Stover said. "I freaked out and started paddling. My friends started paddling over to me trying to help me. He helped me calm down and everything. If it weren't for him, (the shark) probably would've come back because I was splashing pretty hard."

Vaughn's talking about his courageous friend Joe Manoia who helped him get in.

A couple of pro surfers also towed Vaughn and used their leashes to make a tourniquet.

Vaughn says the bite left a 13-inch gash on his shin, and his foot looked like hamburger meat before doctors sewed him up.

And yes, Vaughn says once he's healed he'll be back in the water.

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