Shark survivor speaks

Shark Survivor
Rhode Island surfer who lost his leg during shark attack discusses his return to the sea.

(WJAR) Rhode Island native Colin Cook is still coming to grips with the shark attack that cost him a leg.

“It definitely hasn’t been easy, but I’m keeping my head up and staying positive. Keep moving forward,” Cook says.

He’s now moving on a new prosthetic leg. He’s been walking on it for about three weeks.

“It’s definitely been a lot of work getting used to it. It’s almost like re-learning how to walk,” he says.

Cook had moved to Hawaii four years ago.

He surfed every day and built a business making surf boards.

Last October, while surfing Oahu’s North Shore, he was attacked by a shark and lost his left leg as a result.

“I definitely think about it,” Cook said. “And it’s kind of funny — people come up to me all the time and are like, ‘Oh, what happened to you?’ And I tell them and they don’t believe me.”

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