KAHULUI, Maui (KHNL) - A Canadian man attacked by a shark this past Saturday in the waters off Kihei, Maui described the frightening incident Tuesday. And despite his injuries, he did so with a pretty good sense of humor.
23 year-old Kyle Gruen of Vancouver, British Columbia returned to Maui Memorial Hospital Tuesday. This past Saturday he was rushed to the emergency room in the same facility after an encounter he won't soon forget.
"As far as I remember I was about to dive down to actually look at the fish when I got hit on the side. I didn't see the shark coming at me. I got hit from the side and felt him clamp down with a lot of force... and it was all reflex from there, pretty much. I twisted away and tried to push away from him. I guess it was probably a fight or flight kind of thing. Or maybe it was a little bit of Chuck Norris in me. I don t know".
Gruen was admiring fish on a coral reef about 30 to 40 feet offshore of Kamaole Beach Park, when the shark grabbed him. Bandages now cover the wound that extends from his thigh all the way up towards his crotch. His hand also was injured.
Gruen and his twin brother Jeff traveled to Maui to be in a wedding that happened Monday.
Tuesday he met Donald Cole. The man who helped bring him ashore after the attack.
"I wanted to see you and make sure you were doing good" said Cole.