Chris Blowes to launch 'Caught Inside' in Port Lincoln

MEETING: Chris Blowes with Michelle Cresp at their first meeting in 2016. They worked together on the book 'Caught Inside'. Photo: supplied

MEETING: Chris Blowes with Michelle Cresp at their first meeting in 2016. They worked together on the book 'Caught Inside'. Photo: supplied

Shark attack survivor Chris Blowes has shared his story in a new book which will launch this weekend in Port Lincoln.

The book 'Caught Inside' tells about the day in 2015 Mr Blowes was attacked, the community and people that rallied to save his life and how to grow after suffering from trauma.

Mr Blowes said the title was a surfing term which referred to when surfers were caught between breaking waves and the shore, which he felt worked well for the book.

"The book is about my attack, my recovery and how the small coastal town of Port Lincoln pulled together with little trauma resources they had to save my life," he said.

"It's about all the people involved and how going through this trauma had helped them become better people and grow in ways they didn't think was possible."

Mr Blowes co-authored the book with Dr Michelle Cresp and over the last four years have worked on it, which included interviews with family members and people involved on the day.

Dr Cresp was the locum doctor in charge of the the emergency department at the Port Lincoln Hospital and was involved in the resuscitation of Mr Blowes who received blood products and surgical expertise.

She said it was a great way to honour everyone involved on the day, from the surfers to the ambulance crews and medical staff to the wider community who assisted.

"I thought not only would it be good perhaps for Chris to have some other form of sharing his story and helping those with disabilities, but I really wanted to honour the Eyre Peninsula," she said.

A book launch will be held at Beer Garden Brewing this Saturday 4pm, however due to COVID-19 has been booked out.

Beer Garden does allow for some 'walk-ins' for people who had not booked a spot to purchase a signed copy, but people are encouraged to call ahead first and there is an invitation to come after formalities end, any time after 6pm.