‘Luckiest guy in the world’ survives terrifying great white shark attack

A man whose leg was caught in the jaws of a great white shark says he's "probably the luckiest guy in the world" after surviving the horrifying attack.

Nemanja Spasojevic, 38, was snorkelling as he searched for crabs at Gray Whale Cove State Beach in California, US, when he felt a sharp pain and then a push.

Initially unaware of what had happened, Nemanja said he felt a sharp pain to his leg like a "mosquito bite" – before realising a six-foot shark had set upon him.

Once he saw the ferocious animal, Nemanja says he just started "kicking frantically" and tried to head as close to the rocks along the shoreline as possible.

"I('m) probably the luckiest guy in the world, to get hit by a great white and walk out of the hospital the same day," said the 38-year-old, who has a slight limp and 10 puncture wounds in the back of his thigh.

He added: "He didn't thrash my leg. Gentle bite, let go.

"I could feel mosquito bite-like feeling and slight push; as I look I could see nose and two eyes."

He then went into survival mode in hopes of getting away with his life during the terrifying attack on Saturday, June 26.

He added he was "just kicking frantically to white water, making sure my fins are pointing down so if I get hit again it bites fins, not legs or arms."

Once he made it to shore, Nemanja quickly realised his wetsuit was filling with blood.

On a nearly deserted beach, he managed to get the attention of fisherman Thomas Masotta, who was somehow able to get cell reception and call 911 and guide first responders to the beach.

"He called out to me, then collapsed," Thomas told NBC News by email. "He was rolling around on the ground and said he wasn’t in a lot of pain but was worried that he was losing a lot of blood."

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"Immediately I’m thinking: 'Wow, this guy must be in trouble,'" Masotta said in a seperate interview. "So, I ran over to him and he said: 'I’ve been bit by a shark,’ and: ‘Can you help me?’"

Once the emergency services arrived, Nemanja had one question he was desperate to get an answer for.

He added: "I was asking: 'Hey, is my leg going to be kind of good?' They were saying: 'Yeah you're gonna keep the leg.' So I was like: 'OK, I've got a leg, I'm gonna live, what more can I ask for,' you know?"

“So many people helped me out, super grateful — and the shark if it was not gentle, I wouldn't be here standing."

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