Thornton felt the shark latch onto his back. He punched it in the head and side three times before the predator let loose.He lunged further out into the ocean to save his 8-year-old son, who was paralyzed with fear. He pushed him toward the shore and put himself between the boy and the shark. The creature leaped from the water and sank its teeth into his back again. Thornton elbowed it in the nose. Three other sharks swam close by, apparently drawn to the blood coming from his leg wound, he said. Again, the shark let loose after Thornton’s blows, giving him the chance to get to shore.
June 29, 2015 at 4:08 PM EDT