Posted Jul 23, 2007 11:49 pm CDT
Harvey Miller is thanking his lucky stars. One, that he survived a rare shark attack off of Oahu, while snorkeling on vacation in Hawaii last week. And, two, that he probably isn’t going to lose the leg that the 8-foot tiger shark chomped.
A doctor says the 36-year-old Toledo lawyer should be walking again in a few months and playing basketball with his son within a year, reports the Associated Press. Such shark attacks where Miller was snorkeling, about 450 feet offshore of Bellows Beach, are so rare that one hasn’t occurred for nearly 50 years.
Miller says he fought the shark off by punching it twice, but nonetheless feared he was about to die as he tried to fight his way back to shore. He credits a stranger with saving his life by responding to his cries for help and wading into the water to help him back to the beach. “He’s my hero,” Miller says. “I would not have made it out of the water without his assistance. I owe my life to that man.”