Teen who fought off terrifying 9ft shark says she ‘kept socking it in the face’
A 17-year-old girl who survived a savage attack by a nine-foot shark while swimming in Florida says she survived by ‘socking it in the face.’
Brave Addison Bethea was searching for scallops off Keaton Beach in Florida last week (June 30), when the beast attacked.
Despite fighting off the shark and escaping to shore, Addison’s wounds were serious and she now faces having her leg amputated.
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Speaking to CNN the teenager revealed that in the moment she called upon her innate knowledge that sharks don’t like being hit on the nose.
She said: “I didn’t really know exactly what to do, but I knew that with sharks you’re supposed to punch them in the nose to get them off of you, and I couldn’t get around to punch him in the nose.
“So I just started socking it in the face and then poked its eyes and I tried to latch it off me with my fingers, and then it bit my hand.”
Addison was rescued from the surf by her firefighter brother Rhett Willingham who recalled the terrifying moment he heard her scream and detailed how he pulled the shark off.
He told reporters: “I heard her make a noise, almost like something scared.
“I sat up and looked and didn’t see her. Then she came up from the water and I saw the shark and the blood and all that, then I swam over there and got it off.”
Addison is now receiving treatment at the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and unfortunately, the outlook isn’t good.
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In a Facebook post released yesterday (July 4), the hospital intonated that she will lose her leg.
The statement read: “The injuries to Addison’s leg are so extensive that they will require amputation just above the right knee, which will take place during surgery on Tuesday,” it said.
“Surgeons will amputate the leg just above the knee and take muscular tissue and skin from the lower leg to wrap around Addison’s femur, reconstructing the upper leg. This will give Addison the ability to use a prosthesis for her lower leg.”
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