JPMorgan banker bitten by shark

'I thought it was a crab bite at first'

Patrick Thornton, speaking by phone Monday from his room at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, said, 'I thought it was a crab bite at first'. reports that Thornton, 47, had been vacationing with his family on the Outer Banks, and they'd been swimming in the same area of the beach in Avon all week.

Around 11:30 a.m. Friday, a JPMorgan banker from Charlotte, was playing in the surf with his son and daughter when he felt a tug on his ankle.

He was already bleeding by the time he spotted a 5-foot-long, dark-colored shark swimming around him in waist-deep water.

'I yelled, 'Shark, shark!,'' he said.

Jamie Monroe and her family from Tennessee had just arrived at the beach, and her 6-year-old had already launched himself into the water with his skimboard. After Thornton's yell, Monroe screamed to her children.

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