Deep sea diver has chunk bitten out of his face by giant eel
A diver has said he is "extremely lucky to be alive" after a giant eel bit a chunk out of his face.
Jimmy Griffin, 48, was diving off the coast of Connemara, Co Galway in Ireland when the hungry eel attacked.
Griffin, who owns the famous Griffin's Bakery in Galway, suffered a severe bite.
According to the Daily Mail, the experienced diver had to undergo two and a half hours of surgery.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said: "Suddenly I got hit with what felt like a really strong punch in the face.
"I felt like a rag doll. It gripped onto my face and threw me about violently. It was biting, pulling and twisting on my face.
"I knew I had been attacked but at this stage I didn't know what happened. I got this horrendous feeling of numbness in the left side of my face," he said.
"I am a very lucky man to be alive today. I owe my life to so many people who made sure I got to the hospital.
Mr Griffin had stitches on both the inside and outside of his mouth and was told the scar will "eventually be unnoticeable".
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