US dad ‘punched shark five times’ to save daughter
A North Carolina teenager is recovering in hospital after a shark attack left her with severe injuries from bites to her legs and hands, officials say.
According to Paige Winter’s family, her father had to punch the shark five times before it let the 17-year-old go.
She has lost some fingers and her left leg above the knee, the family says.
The hospital said she was in a good condition and that she hoped people would “continue to respect sharks in their environment”.
The teenager was attacked in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, on Sunday afternoon. Witnesses told local media people began screaming as she crawled from the water.
The Atlantic Beach Fire Department described her injuries to local media as “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvis and hand areas”. She was airlifted to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment.
The hospital said her family was thankful for the support from the community and “her heroic father who saved her life”.
“Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water,” their statement added.
“She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”