A MAN is speaking out after disturbing images revealed his mangled jaw as the result of a horrific shark attack.
Mark Sumersett, 38, became the seventh person in the county to be a victim of a shark attack this year.
“It was the scariest thing I’ve probably ever been through in my life,” he told WESH.
“I’ve been in bad car accidents. Nothing like this.”
Sumersett said he didn’t see the shark that bit him when he was riding a wave near the jetty at New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
However, he had a face-to-face encounter with the v, which resulted in a chunk on the right side of his face being bitten off.
He needed 20 or so stitches to close the wound.
“It was pressure, and I’ll tell you that pressure, it was like a crunch,” he said.
“I heard the crunch. It felt like a bear trap crunching on my face.”
Sumersett came to town to ride the waves sent by Hurricane Lee and said he saw several sharks that first day.
Because of this, he felt uneasy about getting into the water.
“I had a feeling. I had a feeling I was going to get bit yesterday. I really did. Honestly, I had intuition,” he said.
It was a quick bite, said Sumersett and the shark quickly released him but he began bleeding a lot and was scared that the animal wouldn’t leave him alone.