KALEB LANGDALE TELLS HIS STORY
“I got low in the water and prayed, ‘Lord, please make me fast and give me agility.’ By the time I said that, he was about 2 feet away from me at full speed. When he was a foot away, it’s kinda hard to explain, but it was like time had slowed down. I reached with my left hand and grabbed the soft spot under his jaws and pushed his head straight up in the air away from me. I used my right arm and wrapped it around the top of his jaws to keep his mouth shut. By the time I had his jaws shut, we were stomach to stomach. I wrapped my legs around him so he couldn’t twist out from my arms.
“I started to climb up the rocky bank and was keeping pressure on my arm so I didn’t bleed out. About halfway up, I yelled across for them to call the paramedics because I’ve lost my arm. After I yelled to them, one of the rocks gave way and I fell into a cactus― yeah, it’s not bad enough I just lost my arm, now I had to fall into a cactus. When I got out, I was at the top of the bank. I looked around and saw a big banana spider web. When our dogs get cut in the woods, we’ll use that to stop the bleeding.
“I could see the confusion of the paramedic’s eyes. She said if she couldn’t see that my arm was actually missing, she would have probably said I was faking. She said she had never seen anyone this calm after an injury like that. After a short ride in the ambulance to the boat ramp, they transferred me to a helicopter. But the worst part about the helicopter ride was that they wouldn’t let me look out the window.”