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Shark Attack Victim Returns Home to New England



    R.I. Man Returns Home After Shark Attack

    Tiverton native Colin Cook says he's been taking life one day at a time after losing a leg and some fingers when a tiger shark attacked him. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015)

    A Rhode Island man is back home after being attacked by a shark in Hawaii earlier this month.

    Colin Cook says he's been taking life one day at a time. He admits he's been going through a roller coaster of emotions, but he's found strength in the support he's been given from his hometown of Tiverton, and all across the world.

    Cook landed at Boston's Logan Airport Wednesday evening, just over two and a half weeks since he was attacked by a 13-foot tiger shark in Hawaii.

    "Still kind of in shock about the whole thing," Cook said.

    To save his life, doctors had to amputate his right leg and a few fingers. He's traveled home to New England to visit our world class hospitals, namely Spaulding and Massachusetts General Hospital.

    "I have to do some hand surgery here, the tendons are kind of damaged," said Cook. "I want to heal up, recover, spend some time with friends and family. Then I think after the holidays, I'll head back out to Hawaii."

    Cook has a business in Hawaii making surf boards. His father, Glenn, says this has been his passion since he was a child.

    "He's always had that drive," said Glenn Cook.

    Colin Cook says he will definitely be back on a board.

    "If I could surf today, I would," he said.

    When he's in town, though, Cook says he'll be visiting Mike's Pastry in Bostons' North End.

    Cook's friends have set up a GoFundMe page. By 9 p.m. Wednesday, it had already raised more than $71,400.

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