Kristi Nelson, NBCDFW.com
A 12-year-old Fort Worth boy is recovering after he was attacked by a bull shark, like this one, off Matagorda Island last week.
A 12-year-old Fort Worth boy is recovering after he was attacked by a shark off the coast of Sunday Beach near Port O'Connor.
Nicholas Vossler was bitten on the leg by a bull shark near his family's beach home during a family vacation late Thursday afternoon.
"All I could think about was hurry up and get him to safety," said the boy's father, Cecil Vossler.
In seconds, he said the shark clamped its teeth into his son's left foot, nearly ripping it off.
"He said he felt it grab his leg ... I mean, his foot, and start yanking on it," said Cecil Vossler. "I had to put the skin back across his foot and take my shirt off, and get it wrapped because the arteries were bleeding out."
Once he was pulled from the water, Nicholas was taken by boat to a waiting helicopter, which transported him to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he is slowly recovering.
His father said the avid baseball and football player never even cried.
"When he got on the boat, he asked his mom to pray with him. Once we started praying, it was OK," said Vossler.
Nicholas Vossler underwent foot surgery and will need more surgery in the future.