A severely wounded 10-year-old shark attack victim managed to swim back into the ocean and pull her friend back to the shore unharmed.
10 year old American Kaley Szarmack was swimming in the waters near to the shore of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. As Kaley was clearing her way out of the ocean on her surf board, a shark attacked the little girl by biting of one of her legs. She said she felt the shark’s bite and upon turning around she could see its fin dashing over the top of the water.
Although the girl was severely wounded, she turned her surf board around in order to go back into the ocean and save her 6 year old friend who was playing in the open sea, relatives said. The brave girl initially got out of the water and screamed for help and warned another younger friend about the shark. Because no lifeguards were in walking distance, Szarmack decided to save her friend by herself. It was difficult but she managed to pull her friend back to the shore unharmed.
After taking the shark bitten victim to the nearest residence, the members of the family called the lifeguards, which transfered the young girl to the local hospital. The shark attack took place at around 3 p.m. and the family said their daughter was standing about 4-5 feet in the water when they had reported the shark attack. The girl’s mother estimated that the shark was about 3 feet in size.
The rescue team told that the girl’s wound was a 5 inch laceration on the two sides of the right leg just below her knee. The suture of her injury took surgeons over one hour and contained no less than 90 stitches, but a full recovery of the leg is expected. Soon enough Kaley will be able to walk and jump, but her huge scars and emotional story will linger on.
Kaley is currently recovering in the Wolfson Children’s hospital and she claimed that she hasn’t lost any bit of the intention of returning back into the ocean waters soon as she will be able to. Most shark attack victims suffer from traumatic shocks, but it seems that Kaley was not only courageous enough to save her friend but also to recover from the frightening experience.
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