Fisherman fights off shark, goes for a beer

Published On: Jan 30 2014 10:03:31 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 30 2014 12:37:29 PM EST
James Grant fights off shark New Zealand

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A fisherman in New Zealand recently did the unthinkable -- fought off a shark, stitched up his own wounds, then headed to the local pub for a beer.

James Grant, a 24-year-old doctor, was spear fishing off the country's southern coast last weekend when he felt something grab his leg.

"I thought it might have been one of my diving buddies, turned around… big shark had latched on," he told the BBC.

Grant said he fought off the shark with his diving knife, then swam back to shore to stitch up the lacerations to his leg with his own first aid kit.

After that, he went to a nearby pub to grab a couple beers and share his fisherman's tale, according to New Zealand Radio.

"I'll be back out in the water some time," Grant said.

Listen to the audio of his interview here.

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