A pastor has tragically shot a spear through his head with a spear gun while he was scuba diving.
The spear had pierced through one side of his skull and came out through the other, embedding itself firmly in his head.
Connie Hallowell, from Umkomaas, South Africa, miraculously avoided being seriously injured in the accident, despite the dart narrowly missing his brain and eyes.
The pastor was said to have been picking up fishing sinkers near Scottburgh Beach, south of Durban, when the accident happened on August 31 .
Upon getting hit, Hallowell had rushed back to the beach and received help from locals, with one Good Samaritan shortening the metal projectile with an angle grinder.
He is currently on the mend in St Anne’s Hospital, in Pietermaritzburg, and has featured in a South Coast Herald video thanking well-wishers for their support.
In the video, Mr Hallowell said: “Hi guys, thanks for all the prayers really appreciate it.
“I’m doing very, very well… I’m good, I’m recovering, looking forward to seeing you guys soon. God bless, bye.”
Mr Hallowell still has vision in both eyes, despite the spear passing just behind his eyeballs.