Kitesurfer is left needing 18 stitches after being chased and mauled by a raging pit bull in Argentina
- Gustavo Cervino is bitten by a pit bull in San Clemente del Tuyu, Argentina
- Dog chases Mr Cervino before leaping into the air and sinking its teeth in his arm
- Kitesurfer manages to wrestle dog off by opening its mouth with his other hand
This is the shocking moment a kitesurfer is left needing 18 stitches after being mauled by a pit bull off the coast of Argentina.
Footage filmed on Gustavo Cervino’s camera, off the coast of Punta Rasa, in San Clemente del Tuyu, shows the canine head straight for the kitesurfer as he glides across the water.
The raging dog then leaps into the air and sinks its teeth into Mr Cervino’s upper arm before he manages to wrestle the animal off.
Kitesurfer Gustavo Cervino is chased by the pit bull while out in shallow water off the coast of Punta Rasa, in San Clemente del Tuyu, Argentina
The vicious dog manages to catch up to Mr Cervino and sinks its teeth into his upper arm
As the canine, which appears to be a pit bull, bites the kitesufer’s arm he falls into the water
During the clip, Mr Cervino can be seen kitesurfing in shallow water when the raging dog suddenly appears and begins to chase him.
As the dog bites the kitesurfer, he falls into the water with an anguished look on his face.
The kitesurfer later told reporters: ‘I had to open its mouth with my other hand. I do not know why it let me go, maybe because of the water.
‘It tried to bite me in the neck but I managed to keep it at bay with my hand.
‘If it had bitten me in the neck I wouldn’t have lived to tell the tale.’
Gustavo Cervino falls into the water after the brown dog bites his left arm in Argentina
Mr Cervino lies in the water after the canine chases and bites him. He later drove to hospital and was left needing 18 stitches
Reports state the dog continued circling around Mr Cervino after the bite before finally leaving.
Following the attack, the kitesurfer was left with a bleeding arm and had to be helped by a passerby.
The kitesurfer then drove to a nearby hospital where he received 18 stitches to the deep wound on his body.
Mr Cervino added: ‘The owner of the dog must have been there. I did not see him because I had to go to the emergency room at the hospital, I had a very deep cut.’
The kitesurfer reported the incident to the police and is now recovering from his injuries.
The owner of the dog has not been identified.