British Boy, 8, Savaged By Group Of Sharks In The Bahamas

An eight-year-old British boy required a three-hour operation after he was viciously attacked by a group of sharks while on holiday in the Bahamas, in what his father described as "like a scene out of Jaws".

Finley Downer, 8, was attacked by sharks at Compass Cay in the Bahamas
Finley Downer, 8, was attacked by sharks at Compass Cay in the Bahamas

8-year-old Finley Downer was bitten on both legs causing serious flesh injuries and had to be transported to a local health clinic on a golf buggy.

The youngster was swimming in a lagoon last week in the Bahamas when he was reportedly attacked by around three nurse sharks before being pulled to safety.

Finley was then transferred to the capital Nassau for a three-hour operation as well as further treatment for his injuries.



The family is now back at their home in Kettering, Northamptonshire, and Finley is recovering while using a wheelchair.


Finley's dad, Michael Downer, told The Sun how his son "could have been killed" and described the attack as "like a scene out of Jaws".


The attack took place at Compass Cay, where Mr Downer had taken Finley and his two other children on a luxury holiday. Mr Downer described how the children had gone to join a crowd of people who were in a lagoon, in which nurse sharks were swimming.


Finley's dad said that he "suddenly heard a terrified scream and saw dozens of sharks circling Finley".


He added: "There was so much blood. Bits of his leg was hanging off.


"He kept saying, 'Dad I don't want to die. Dad, I don't want to go to heaven'."



It was Finley's older sister, Lily, who pulled the 8-year-old from the water, and then Mr Downer had to spend £2,000 on flights to Nassau for the emergency operation.


In an interview with The Sun, Michael Downer spoke of his anger towards the tour guides who said that the sharks were safe. Operator Exuma Escapes said in a statement to the newspaper that the family went unguided into a lagoon that it does not use for its tours. They also said that nurse sharks are docile bottom-feeders unless they are handled incorrectly.


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