Girl loses 'one leg above the knee' in North Carolina shark attack, father punched fish 5 times: gra



A teenage girl who lost part of her leg and suffered severe hand injuries after a shark attack at a North Carolina beach Sunday was freed from the fish’s jaws when her father jumped into the fray and began beating the sharp-toothed terror.The incident happened around 12:20 p.m. at Fort Macon State Park, located near Atlantic Beach.  “All of a sudden, everyone started screaming, and I looked to my left and they were rushing towards this little girl. She looked little but she’s actually 17,” eyewitness Lacy Whorton told WCTI. “And it looked like she was belly crawling on the beach and officials were running towards her and whistles were blowing and everyone was screaming and they quickly got everybody out of the water.” CALIFORNIA MAN KILLED IN APPARENT HAWAII SHARK ATTACK WAS ‘GOOD-HEARTED’ FAMILY MAN WHO JUST RETIRED, FRIENDS SAY The Atlantic Beach Fire Department told WCTI-TV the 17-year-old girl had “severe injuries” to her leg and hands, including “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic, and hand areas.” Deputy Fire Chief Casey Arthur told the television station the incident was “fairly rare” and something they don’t experience too often. “Especially when you talk about a shark bite, those are fairly rare,” he told WCTI. Shark! Wild video of first-hand shark encounters Sharks are some of the most captivating creatures in the ocean. Here are some of the Wildest videos of encounters with sharks. The girl was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where she was treated for her injuries. The hospital identified her as 17-year-old Paige Winter of New Bern.  “She is in good condition and receiving excellent care,” the hospital said in a statement to WCTI. “Her family expresses their appreciation for the first responders, the individuals on the beach who helped and her heroic father who saved her life.” Winter’s grandmother, Janet Winter, wrote on Facebook the 17-year-old was in surgery and “now will lose one leg above the knee and some fingers.” “Thank God our son was with her, he said he punched the shark in the face five times before it let go,” she said Sunday night.  MAN KILLED IN HAWAII SHARK ATTACK, WITNESS SAYS SKIN ‘JUST TORN OFF’ Winter added that her granddaughter “may need a hand transplant in the future.” “Please keep her in your prayers,” she said. Raw Video: Shark circles under swimmer at Florida resort Stan Battles was filming the view from his 28th-floor balcony when he noticed a shark stalking an unaware swimmer below. Hospital officials said despite her injuries, Paige remains “an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water.” “She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety,” a statement from the hospital read.  CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Park Ranger Paul Terry told WRAL that the water was murky at the time of the incident, and no one is currently allowed in the water at Fort Macon. Officials are not yet sure what type of shark was involved an

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