‘Like a scene out of Jaws’: British boy attacked by sharks in Bahamas

An eight-year-old British boy has been attacked by sharks while on holiday Bahamas.

Finlay Downer was surrounded by three nurse sharks while swimming in a lake last week, his family said, before he was pulled to safety after biting off both legs.

Finley was later taken to a clinic in the capital Nassau, where he underwent a three-hour operation, according to PA media.

Finlay’s father, Michael Downer, 44, told the Sun: “It was like a jaw-dropping scene,” adding his son could have been killed.

Michael had taken the family with Finley and his sisters Lily, nine, and Emily, 12, on a five-island trip when the attack happened at Compass Cay. The family told the paper that they joined a crowd of people swimming with nurse sharks in the lake.

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Describing the scene, his father recalled that there was so much blood that his son told him: “Dad, I don’t want to die.” The family have since returned home to Kettering, Northamptonshire, where Finlay is recovering.

Tour guide operator Exuma Escapes told the Sun that the family entered a lake without a guide, who was not used on their tour. He described the nurse shark as a humble bottom feeder “unless mishandled”.

Exuma Escapes has been contacted for comment.

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