The brave 10-year-old boy who was bitten by a shark while snorkelling at Coral Bay has spoken of the terrifying encounter for the first time — revealing he thought he was “going to die”. Young Jackson Bartlett had been holidaying at the popular tourism destination with his family when they decided to going swimming at Five Fingers Reef on Friday. After a few minutes, the schoolboy, who was spearfishing with his dad, noticed a “shadow” in the water. At first, the self-confessed ocean lover thought it was a dugong — the family had swam with the whale sharks off Ningaloo a few days before — so he kept swimming. But then the dark shadow “came closer and got faster and faster” before launching itself at Jackson. That’s when the youngster realised it wasn’t a dugong. What followed was several terrifying minutes which left Jackson, who is recovering at Perth Children’s Hospital, fearing for his life. “I thought I was going to die because it was really scary,” the plucky 10-year-old said from his hospital bed today. “Even though it was just my leg I thought I was gonna lose a lot of blood but I didn't lose that much blood.” Jackson explained the shark, believed to be a two-metre bronze whaler, charged him three times, trying to bite him at every attempt. However the ocean predator only succeeded once. The first time it missed, while the second time it got hold of a flipper. It was on the third attempt that the shark managed to bite Jackson’s other flipper and his foot. “I thought it might have been a reefy,” Jackson explained, “but then it tried to bite me, and then it went for me, missed and got one of my flippers and my leg. And then after that... it swam right past me. I caught up to dad and I said ‘shark’ and then he was looking at it and then I showed him my big sore. I said ‘it bit me’ and then dad was yelling ‘help’.” Nearby beach-goers quickly came to the youngster’s aid, swimming out to Jackson and his dad before helping them into shore. As revealed by The West Australian on Friday, Coastal Adventure Tours’ Warwick “Wokka” Coles dragged the injured boy to safety while his dad kept watch to “make sure the shark didn’t come back for another bite”. The 10-year-old sustained a 16cm wound to his to right foot. “It wasn’t gushing but there was enough for it to leave a trail of blood behind as I dragged him into the shallows,” Mr Coles said on Friday. Once on dry land, Mr Coles along with others who had heard the boy’s screams, did everything they could to help Jackson with Mr Coles gathering gauze and bandages from his hiking pack. Jackson was taken to the Coral Bay Nursing Post before he was flown to Perth via the Royal Flying Doctors Service — an experience Jackson said he really enjoyed. “Yeah I like going on the plane,” he said. “It took my mind off my sore and I was relaxed because I really liked being in the ambos and having fun on the plane. “When I was on the Royal Flying Doctors plane they had a load of snacks — I had a few. I liked going through the clouds, that's when we got up high. I liked all the views of the reef and that.” And while he admits he was very scared during the attack, Jackson says the encounter will not stop him from going back into the water. He also says he doesn’t hate sharks. “I love the ocean,” he said. “I still like sharks but I just don't want to swim too close to big ones like that. And yeah I don't want them swimming too close to me either.” Jackson — who has been travelling with his family around Australia for nine months — also said he wanted to thank everyone who helped him.