British boy, 8, attacked by sharks in Bahamas in what dad describes as 'like a scene out of Jaws'

Finley Downer was on holiday on the Caribbean island when the attack took place

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An eight-year-old British boy has suffered a shark attack while on holiday in the Bahamas, in what his dad has described as “like a scene out of Jaws”.

Finley Downer had to be pulled to safety by his sister after he was attacked by around three nurse sharks while swimming in a lagoon last week.

He suffered flesh wounds after being bitten on both legs, and had to be taken to a local health clinic on a golf buggy before undergoing a three-hour operation in the capital Nassau.

Finley’s father, Michael Downer, 44, said his son “could have been killed” in the attack, adding: “It was like a scene out of Jaws”.

Nurse shark
Nurse shark
The boy was attacked in the Bahamas
The boy was attacked in the Bahamas

Mr Downer, who had taken his children Finley, eight, Lily, nine, and Emily, 12, on a luxury holiday, said the family had been part way through their five-island tour when the attack took place at Compass Cay.

He said the children had decided to join a crowd of people in a lagoon, in which nurse sharks were swimming.

Mr Downer said he suddenly “heard a terrified scream and saw dozens (of sharks) circling Finley”.

“There was so much blood. Bits of his leg were hanging off.

“He kept saying, ‘Dad I don’t want to die. Dad, I don’t want to go to heaven’," he told The Sun.

Finley was pulled from the water by his older sister Lily, and Mr Downer had to spend £2,000 on flights to the Bahamas capital, Nassau, for a three-hour operation on Finley’s legs.

The family has now returned home to Kettering, Northamptonshire, where Finley is recovering from his injuries and using a wheelchair.

Mr Downer expressed his anger at being told by tour guides the sharks were safe.

Operator Exuma Escapes claimed that the family went unguided into a lagoon which it does not use on its tour, adding in a statement to The Sun that nurse sharks are docile bottom-feeders unless they are handled incorrectly.