Big Island man honored for saving shark bite victim’s life

Dallas O'Shaunessy Honored

A Big Island man was honored Wednesday for his heroic efforts that saved a teenager’s life.

Dallas O’Shaunessy is credited with jumping into action after 16-year-old Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi was attacked by a shark at Pohoiki Bay last month.

As everyone cleared the beach, O’Shaunessy dove into the water to pull Napeahi back to shore and tied a tourniquet around his leg.

“Dallas has to make a decision at that point. What do you do? Do you run or do you go? Dallas chose to go,” Hawaii County Councilmember Zendo Kern said.

“I’m really thankful for him and his family ’cause they’re such great watermen and great people. And I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Dallas O’Shaunessy,” Napeahi said.

“Thank everyone. I really appreciate it. I gotta thank my mom ’cause without her I wouldn’t have been there,” O’Shaunessy said.

Napeahi received 180 stitches below the waist. He’s continuing with physical therapy and hopes to get back in the water in a month.

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