PHOTOS: Waco dentist on vacation in Bahamas survives shark attack

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas dentist on vacation in the Bahamas has survived being attacked by a 6-foot shark while free diving.

Dr. Steve Cutbirth of Waco suffered facial and right leg wounds that required stitches. Cutbirth, who was treated at a clinic, plans to remain on vacation this week but must stay out of the water.

Cutbirth says he speared a hogfish on Saturday and then a bull shark tried to get the fish.

Cutbirth, in a telephone interview Sunday with KWTX-TV said he felt like he was “hit by a freight train in the head” before the shark took off with the hogfish. Cutbirth sustained bite-looking marks on his upper lip and cheek.

Cutbirth says he’s been diving in the same spot for about 25 years and never had problems before. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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