Mom happy son is alive after attacked by bear, shark

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- For one Grand Junction resident, a vacation in Hawaii almost turned deadly after a shark took a bite into his leg.

Dylan McWilliams, 20, was in the water for only five minutes when out of several people swimming, he was the one bitten by an 8-foot tiger shark.

However, this isn't the first time he’s been attacked out in the wild and for his mother, it’s just becoming a common occurrence.

Kelli McWilliams says her son always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but his love of the outdoors won’t get in the way.

"Dylan has grown up to love the wild and the animals,” said Kelli.

He may be the luckiest or unluckiest person on the planet.

"I just started kicking at him and I could feel him underneath me once with my kick so that might have deterred him,” said Dylan.

Dylan's story has made national headlines.

"I think it was just bad luck,” said Dylan McWilliams.

He says it's not the first time he's had a close encounter with nature.

"He was a high-risk, high-adventure kid I have to admit,” said Kelli McWilliams.

Kelli says he's been attacked by a bear, skunks, raccoons, rattlesnakes, and a mother moose.

"These to me are crazy incidences, I mean what are the chances of these three predators to randomly select him,” said Kelli McWilliams.

"I try to remain calm because that's just been my M.O. his whole life,” said Kelli.

Kelli says he gets it from her father, Dylan’s grandfather.

"My father gave him a pocket knife when he was three years old, and he was my first child and I was like, what are you doing, but my dad says I’ve taught him, he sits with it at home, he’s careful with it," she said.

It appears she has no choice but to get used to it.

"He’d take his knife and say mom I’m going to head out and I will be back in a couple of days,” said Kelli McWilliams.

Luckily for Dylan, he got away from the shark bite with just a few stitches.

"It tagged him so that means it just bumped him, it didn't use both sides of its mouth or he probably wouldn't have a leg,” said Kelli.

He's still in Hawaii recovering but will fly back into Grand Junction next week. In fact, this time last year he went to Hawaii and cut the same leg that was bitten by the shark, and needed surgery.



 
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