Griffin Dunne: ‘We Saw Shark That Bit Off Surfer Girl’s Arm’

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May 19, 2014 | 11:23am EST

Dallas Buyers Club star Griffin Dunne is convinced he and his family narrowly avoided a shark attack just hours before surfer Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a big fish.
The actor took his actress daughter to Hawaii on a last-minute vacation when she was a pre-teen and he admits it was almost a terrible break.
Dunne tells WENN, “In Hawaii we both got our license for scuba diving. When we were under I remember seeing a big shark going by, thinking, ‘Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea’.
“The surfer (Bethany Hamilton) who was a little older than (daughter) Hannah at the time was surfing and a shark jumped out and bit off her arm. That happened when we were there on the same beach where we saw the shark!
“We keep saying it might’ve been the same shark and it’s gone into Dunne folklore as, ‘We saw the shark before it bit off that girl’s arm!’ It really rang home for me because they were not that different in age. That was a vivid memory of a family trip gone terribly wrong.”