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Shark Attack Victim Chooses Alcohol over Ambulance


Professional surfer Frank O’Rourke was near Jacksonville Beach pier in Florida on Saturday when he was attacked by a shark. The attack, which only lasted around 30 seconds, was the craziest thing to ever happen in his life he told reporters days later.

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According to O’Rourke, the shark jumped out of the water, bit his right arm near the elbow, and then thrashed in the water before swimming away. The bite punctured skin, and everybody agreed O’Rourke is lucky to still have his arm. However, that didn’t stop O’Rourke from capitalizing on the numerous offers to buy him a drink after the shark attack.

RJ Berger, O’Rourke’s friend, said the two immediately hit the bars along the pier and racked up free drink after free drink from fellow patrons eager for the story. O’Rourke quickly received national media attention and was interviewed by the Today Show that same night. Berger reports that O’Rourke was hammered and wasted during the interview having spent all day cashing in on his possibly life-threatening experience.

O’Rourke later estimated that the shark that bit him was either a spinner or blacktip and between three and four feet long. He believes the shark only bit him because he wasn’t the right flavor. O’Rourke says he’s heading back into the water immediately after his arm heals.

TGR does not encourage a ‘drinks over doctors’ approach to life, although, we are happy it worked out this time.

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