COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 28-year-old tourist is recovering after she was bitten on the calf and ankle by a shark as she waded in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s Cocoa Beach.
Brevard County Ocean Rescue Chief Jeff Scabarozi says the woman was in waist-deep water when the bite occurred Sunday afternoon.
He says officials haven’t determined what kind of shark bit the woman. He added that a variety of sharks are in the water along that stretch of the Florida coastline.
Officials say the call came in after 2 p.m. and that by the time crews arrived, the wound had been wrapped by lifeguards.
She suffered about a 7-inch gash in the back of the leg.
Beachgoers helped bring the woman to shore.
“I looked over at her, and she said, ‘Somebody help me.’ I saw the fin come up and slap her in the face, and she said, ‘It got me,’ so I grabbed her hand and drug her back to the shore,” said Holly Peterson.
Others at the beach were amazed at what happened.
“I’m from Sioux Falls, South Dakota… We had this planned for a year and a half to come out here and hang out. Not in a million years, man…. ‘Think you’d ever meet a shark?’ Never thought I’d meet a shark,’ ” said Shaun Boen, who was at the beach when it happened.
The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment. Officials say she was in stable condition.