Man Claims Liverpool Tattoo Helped Him Survive 19 Hours in Shark-Infested Waters

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2014

Scarves are held aloft as supporters sing before Liverpool's English Premier League soccer match against Stoke at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Now there's a headline you probably didn't expect to see today.

An Australian Liverpool fan named Kim Thomsen has claimed that his "You'll Never Walk Alone" tattoo kept him going through an ordeal that saw him stranded in shark-infested antipodean waters for 19 hours.

Thomsen explained to Australia's Channel 7 (via The Mirror) that he was fishing for snapper off the coast of Western Australian when his boat was sunk by the rough seas.

He was accompanied by his nephew and a friend. Sadly, neither survived the ordeal.

Thomsen claims the one thing that kept him going through the harrowing experience was the tattoo on his arm that reminded him of his son.

From The Mirror:

I just had one thing to think about and that was my son.

We've both got the same tattoo and every time I took a stroke I could see that.

We've both got You'll Never Walk Alone. We're both Liverpool fans.

That sort of kept me going – I'm not giving up, you know, I'm just going to do everything I can to at least say goodbye to this guy before I part this world.

When Thomsen was eventually rescued, footage showed a hammerhead shark circling around him.