MIAMI BEACH (CBS13) – A 31-year-old Santa Rosa man was bitten by a shark while body surfing off Miami Beach.
According to Miami Beach PD, the man was bitten by a blacktip shark near, resulting in an 8-inch cut below the knee. The Press Democrat identified the man as Mark Bowden of Santa Rosa.READ MORE: VIDEO: Yosemite Falls Flows Again After Bomb Cyclone-Fueled Atmospheric River
He says he was swimming when he received a warning but wasn’t concerned.
“This woman on the beach came and said get out of the water I thought I saw something. But we assessed everything and she’s like it might have just been a big fish,” he said.READ MORE: 1 Person Killed In Apparent High-Speed Crash On Elverta Road Near Gibson Ranch
Bowden says he went back in the water to body surf and that’s when the unexpected happened.
“It felt like something punched my leg really, really hard,” he said.
“The scariest and most traumatic part of it for me was trying to get out of the water. It wasn’t that deep but I just didn’t know what happened,” Bowden told the newspaper.MORE NEWS: 'When I Finally Got To Be Elvira, That's When My Life Calmed Down': Mistress Of The Dark Peels Back The Curtain
Bowden ran up to a nearby lifeguard station where he was given medical assistance and his girlfriend helped keep his leg elevated.