6ft-long marine beast attacked Jimmy Griffin and savaged a lump out of his face.
The Galway man was on a dive outing with friends off the Connemara coast when the vicious ocean monster ripped a chunk from his cheek. Jimmy, 48, who works in the family bakery business, told the Irish Sun:
“Towards the end of the dive, this thing hit me. It was like getting a massive punch in the face. It came from behind me and just latched on, then it started wriggling. It grabbed me and began shaking my head. I was like a rag doll in its jaws.”
Jimmy, a skilled deep sea diver with more than 20 years’ experience, added: “It knocked out my regulator so I couldn’t breathe. I had to hold my breath and fight it off. I felt incredible pain and numbness — I knew that I had been bitten and saw the eel swim off.”
Jimmy was taken back on board their dive boat after the horrific attack last month and rushed to University College Hospital Galway as soon as they reached land. Last night, he thanked all who helped him through the ordeal — particularly plastic surgeon Padraic Regan.
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