An eight-year-old British boy required three hours of surgery after being attacked by sharks in the Bahamas.

Finley Downer suffered flesh injuries after being bitten on both legs and had to be taken to a local health clinic on a golf cart.

He was brought to safety after being attacked by around three nurse sharks while swimming in a lagoon last week.

Finley was then taken to the capital Nassau for an operation and for further treatment of his injuries.

The family have now returned to their home in Kettering, Northamptonshire, where Finley is recovering and using a wheelchair.

The boy’s father, Michael Downer, 44, told The Sun Finley ‘could have been killed’ and the attack was ‘like a scene from Jaws’.

Mr Downer had taken Finley and his two other children, Lily, nine, and Emily, 12, on a luxury holiday.

The family had partially completed their five island tour when the attack took place at Compass Cay.

He said the children decided to join a crowd of people in a lagoon, in which nurse sharks were swimming.

Mr Downer said he suddenly ‘heard a terrified scream and saw dozens (of sharks) circling Finley’.

He added: “There was so much blood. Pieces of his leg were hanging off.

“He kept saying, ‘Dad, I don’t want to die. Dad, I don’t want to go to heaven’.”

Finley was pulled from the water by his older sister Lily, and Mr Downer had to spend £2,000 on flights to Nassau for the emergency operation.

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In an interview with The Sun, Mr Downer expressed his anger at being told by tour guides that the sharks were safe.

Operator Exuma Escapes claimed in a statement to the newspaper that the family went unguided to a lagoon they were not using on their tour – adding that nurse sharks are docile bottom feeders unless they are not handled incorrectly.

Experts say nurse sharks are generally considered harmless to humans unless they are suddenly disturbed or stepped on – and many will also swim away when approached.

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