A Georgia surf instructor was attacked by a shark on Tuesday during a lesson.
Atsushi Yamada is the owner of Hot Sushi’s Happy Surf Camp on Tybee Island. On Tuesday afternoon, he was sitting on his board helping one of his students back to shore when a shark bit him on the leg, he told WBRC.
While he was startled by the encounter, Yamada explained to the news station he did his best to remain calm, as not to worry any of the students. After paddling back to shore, he was able to wrap his leg while he waited for one of the lifeguards to call an ambulance.
“I didn’t want to get too panicked, so I was hoping I could manage to paddle myself back in close enough they could listen to me,” Yamada said to WBRC.
The shark left behind three gashes on his leg, which required a trip to the hospital and several stitches, the outlet reported.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, Yamada opened up about the incident, writing that he was “super duper thankful” that he was the only one in the water at the time of the attack.
“It [could] have been much, much worse,” he added.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Katie Campione