Brave Young Shark Attack Survivor Shares What That Moment Was Really Like (VIDEO)

hunter teschlThe summer is off to a horrifying start for two unbelievably unfortunate teen victims of back-to-back shark attacks off the coast of North Carolina. Within just 90 minutes of each other, 16-year-old Hunter Treschl and 13-year-old Kiersten Yow both lost arms to sharks in the waters off Oak Island, and, perhaps most horrifyingly of all, both were only in waist-deep water at the time!


The loss of a limb is a nearly incomprehensible setback for a young person just starting out in life, but both Yow and Treschl appear to be taking their life-threatening injuries in stride. 

"I've lost my arm obviously, so I have kind of two options," said Treschl. "I can try to live my life the way I was and make an effort to do that even though I don't have an arm or I can kind of just let this be completely debilitating and bring my life down and ruin it."

Hunter said he's going to "fight and live a normal life," and is encouraged by the "massive amount of messages from people all over who've wished me well."

Unbelievable! I doubt most adults would be quite so positive in the aftermath of such a gruesome event, let alone a 16-year-old boy. Treschl is even able to talk about the details of what happened (which are enough to give even the most fearless types nightmares for months):

"I didn't see it coming," he said. 

"I was just in about waist-deep water, playing with my cousin ... and felt this kind of hit on my left leg ... like it was a big fish coming near you or something. Then it just kind of hit my arm. That was the first I saw it, when it was biting up my left arm."

Shudder. That poor kid will have to live with that memory for life! And yet, he's committed to solidering on. As for Yow, whose left arm was ripped off below the elbow (her leg was also badly bitten), her parents are choosing to focus on the positive. In a statement, Brian and Laurie Yow said:

"She has a long road to recovery that will include surgeries and rehabilitation, but her doctors at UNC expect she will keep her leg, and for that we are grateful."

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That's definitely the right attitude (though it would be completely understandable if the entire family were still drooling into their respective cups in a shock at this point). Check out this video of brave Hunter telling his story:

Impressive, and inspiring -- though you have to wonder if either one of these kids will ever want to swim in the ocean again. Experts say back-to-back attacks like this one are extremely rare (and might suggest that a single shark is to blame). On average, about four or five people are bitten by sharks every summer in the waters off of North Carolina (does that seem like a lot, or is it just me?!). 

Either way, our thoughts are with Treschl and Yow and their families.

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