RI native speaks out after shark attack
Surfing is Colin Cook’s passion. So much so, the Rhode Island native moved to Hawaii three and a half years ago so he could do it more often.
But just over a week ago, during a surf run, his world was turned upside down when a shark attacked him.
"I was out there waiting for a wave and all of a sudden, out of the blue, an 18-wheeler just felt like it ran into me,"says Cook.
Cook says it happened so fast he didn’t realize right away what was going on. But it didn’t take long for his survival instincts to kick in, when he was face to face with a hungry tiger shark.
"I kind of see the shark and I’m underwater and the shark is on me so, i kind of push off the shark with one hand and kind of punch it with the other and I swum up," says Cook.
Despite that initial getaway, he wasn’t in the clear. The shark came at him for round two. That’s when a nearby surfer, Keoni Bowthorpe rushed to help.
"He started to fight the shark off, and i started to push the shark away and separate the shark from us at least momentarily for a little bit and paddle us to shore,"says Bowthrope.
Despite the attack, Cook says he still respects sharks and it won’t stop him from surfing again. At this point, a lot is up in the air for cook. All he knows now, is once he gets out of the hospital, he’ll be sent to a rehabilitation center.
If you’d like to make a donation to Cook for his recovery, you can visit his go fund me page.