Man describes the moment he was viciously attacked by TWO great white sharks

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Sean Pollard, 24, was viciously attacked by two great white sharks last year
One charged at him three times before biting off his left arm and right hand
Mr Pollard has bravely gone back into ocean to surf for first time since
His friends made him two plastic paddles which act as arms in the water 



The memory of staring into the 'blackest black' eyes of a shark just before it clamped its jaws onto his arm is seared into Sean Pollard's mind. 
His left arm and right hand were ripped off when he was viciously attacked by two great white sharks while surfing at Wylie Bay off the coast of Esperance, Western Australia, in October last year.
And now one year on, the 24-year-old has bravely gone back into the water to go surfing for the first time since the horrific incident, with a little help from two of his friends.
They made him two special plastic paddles which act as his arms in the water - enabling him to become one of the first people in the world to surf with both hands missing.

In a preview for 60 Minutes, he can be seen struggling to pull up his wetsuit with his right prosthetic arm, just one of the everyday tasks he used to take for granted. 
When reporter Michael Usher asked whether he was nervous about going back in the ocean, he answered simply, saying: 'A little bit.'
As someone who grew up surfing, Mr Pollard decided to stick to familiar territory for his first attempt and 
returned to Back Beach in Bunbury where he first learnt to stand on the board.

'I can't get it out, just this cover going over its eye as it bit down on me.'
He was attacked around 150m off shore at Kelp Beds Beach, but fought off both sharks with his board.
One charged at him three times, taking a bite out of his board and a chunk out of his leg before clamping its jaws down on both his arms.
For a former electrician whose hands were his trade, this has been a devastating blow.  
He has now opened up about how the loss of independence sent him spiraling down into a deep hole.
It is often just the simple things that he misses - being able to tie his shoelaces, button up his shirt or put on his belt without any effort or thought. 
But he is now hoping to be fitted with hi-tech prosthetic hands developed in Europe that allow wearers to feel what they touch. 

'My ultimate goal would be to get an electronic hand which could have feeling in it,' Mr Pollard previously told Perth now.
'That's one thing I find really hard, you feel isolated from the world because I can't feel anything through my hand. If I could have something like that in the future, that would be amazing.
'I have spoken with the doctors in Perth, but it's something I would probably have to go overseas for. It would be an experimental trial if anything.'
He told 60 Minutes that he is 'close' to getting the procedure, but it would coast at least $100,000. 
On the morning he was attacked, he had been teaching his girlfriend Claire Oakford to surf at   Kelpie's Beach.

After the pair had spent some time in the water together Ms Oakford lay down on the beach to sunbathe while Mr Pollard headed further out to catch some bigger waves.
The surfer's girlfriend said she didn't realise something was wrong with Sean until he was struggling back to shore.
'I'd looked up and could see his board really far out … but I couldn't see him, that was a bit strange,' she previously told 60 Minutes.
'Then I did see him coming in on a wave like body surfing and he was sort of looking over at me.
'When he stood up that first time that was when I realised, cause he was sort of lopsided,' she revealed.
Mr Pollard has also opened up about the moment he knew he was under attack and the epic battle with two great whites that nearly took his life. 


'I was trying to paddle calmly so I wasn't splashing around like I was panicking, but once it got directly behind me it charged through the water. That's when it really went in for the for the kill,' he said.
'I spun around to try and face it. It just moved so quick. That's when it come up out of the water, I didn't even see its teeth. It took me like across, and its eye was right there in front of me.
'Its eye was the blackest black I'd ever seen, and that's just a vision that's burnt into my mind. I can't get it out, just this cover going over its eye as it bit down on me.'
'It started shaking its head. Both my arms were in its mouth and it just took me underwater. I remember having to hold my breath and just shook its head, like seven or eight times …it's just the hardest thing I've ever felt. It was so strong.

'…and then next thing I popped up and … there was just blood everywhere. It had ripped my forearm off and sucked the meat off my bone, like a chicken bone pretty much.'
After losing one arm, he felt the 'second bump' - another great white. 
The double attack is the first of its kind in the world to ever to be reported. 
He was able to swim to shore and his life was saved by four adults who had just arrived at the quiet beach.
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