Hero Dad Punched Shark Five Times to Save Daughter During Attack

first_img A teenager is recovering at a hospital after a shark attack at a North Carolina state park has left her with severe injuries to her leg and hands, officials say.Fort Macon State Park ranger Paul Terry told WCTI-TV that the girl, identified by Vidant Medical Center as Paige Winter, 17, was attacked by a shark while swimming at Atlantic Beach around noon Sunday.According to Winter’s family, her father had to punch the shark five times before it let the teenager go.Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials said in a statement that the teen suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic, and hand areas.” She was flown by helicopter to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, around 80 miles north.In a Facebook post, Winter’s grandmother, Janet Winter, said the teenager will “lose one leg above the knee and some fingers.”The Vidant Medical Center said in a statement that Winter’s 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.”Marcy Winter, Paige’s mother, said the teenager is “pretty groggy but cracking jokes” post-surgery.“She wants everyone to know that sharks are still good people.” A GoFundMe page has been set up for the teen. The page says the funds raised will be “used to assist in the many surgeries, physical therapy, prosthetics, recovery process, and [her father] Charlie’s missed days from work.”According to the fundraiser, Paige’s father Charlie is a marine, firefighter, and paramedic. “[Charlie] has served his country and his community for the last 20 years,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Now it’s time for us to rally around him and his family to help them in their time of need.”A GoFundMe is set up for 17-year-old Paige Winter who was bitten by a shark at Fort Macon. Winter “wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”https://t.co/bNQUnftxq3 pic.twitter.com/biPQJGA0PL— NewsChannel 12 (@wcti12) June 3, 2019Officials have not yet confirmed the species of shark that was responsible for the attack.Last year, the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), which tracks shark attacks, concluded there were 66 unprovoked shark attacks and 34 provoked shark attacks on humans worldwide. Out of the 66 unprovoked cases worldwide, the U.S. experienced the most in 2018 — with 32 confirmed cases (with three in North Carolina).Last week, a 65-year-old California man was killed in an apparent shark attack while swimming off the coast of Maui.More on Geek.com:Child Escapes ‘Serious Injuries’ After Cougar Attack in Washington ParkMan Dies After Apparent Shark Attack in HawaiiTiger Shark With Teeth, Jaw Removed and Stomach Cut Out Found on South Carolina Beach 911 Calls Released: Kinkajou Sneaks Into Florida Apartment, Attacks ManWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii Bay center_img Stay on targetlast_img

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