A Jacksonville, Fla., girl was the latest victim of a shark attack on America’s Atlantic coast following a string of recent encounters and injuries. Kaley Szarmack’s father, Dave, recalled the terrifying scene that took place Wednesday afternoon near Jacksonville Beach.
Taking a break from surfing, he said she was wading in waist-deep water when she realized something was wrong. “She got bit on the right leg,” Szarmack said. “She said she felt it and turned around and she could see the shark and she could see the fin flailing around.” Despite serious injuries, the girl then reportedly turned to a nearby friend – warning her of the danger and telling her to get out of the water – before walking onto the beach. Upon realizing a younger girl was still in harm’s way, Dave Szarmack said his daughter “went back and took the girl out of the water.”
So far, I’ve been contacted about shark bite victim’s interview by network TV and media as far away as Norway. Kaley Szarmack’s a hero! — Vic Micolucci – WJXT (@WJXTvic) August 21, 2015
As it turned out, Kaley Szarmack needed roughly 90 stitches to mend the deep gashes to her leg. Her father said she was in surgery for about an hour. The prognosis, however, is excellent.
Despite a “pretty big scar and quite a story to tell,” Dave Szarmack said his daughter should be “back in the water in no time.”
A local firefighter, he said finding his daughter in such a bloodied state was something for which his job did not prepare him.
“You see all kinds of things as a fireman,” he said, “but when you see your baby … it was really difficult to see. It was just tough, man. That’s my little girl.”
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