Officials: Girl seriously injured in shark attack in Florida

Jul 1, 2022, 4:00 PM | Updated: 4:17 pm

PERRY, Fla. (AP) — A teenage girl was seriously injured when a shark attacked her off Florida’s Gulf Coast, authorities said.

The attack occurred Thursday afternoon off Keaton Beach, according to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The 17-year-old girl had been looking for scallops in the water with her family when a 9-foot (3-meter) shark wrapped its jaws around the girl’s thigh, according to statement from her family.

The girl poked the shark in the eyes and punched it before her brother, who is a firefighter, managed to fight the shark off and pull the girl onto a stranger’s boat. The brother put a tourniquet on the girl’s leg to slow blood loss.

After she was brought to shore, the girl was airlifted about 60 miles (95 kilometers) to a hopsital in Tallahassee, the state capital, officials said. Doctors told the family that the girl’s leg suffered extensive damage.

Officials didn’t immediately know what kind of shark bit the girl.

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Officials: Girl seriously injured in shark attack in Florida