Woman suffers serious wounds to arm in shark attack – 23 October 2017 – Ocean Reef Park, Singer Island, Florida

Ocean Reef Park, Singer Island where Susan Peteka was attacked by a shark
Ocean Reef Park, Singer Island
Susan Peteka shows her bandaged arm following treatment of her shark attack wounds
Susan Peteka shows her bandaged arm following treatment of her shark attack wounds

Susan Peteka, 60, suffered serious wounds to her left arm hand when she was bitten by a shark while taking her regular morning swim off Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island, Palm Beach County, Florida.

 

The shark species was not recorded.

“I was swimming my last couple of strokes, about to get out. And all of a sudden, I remember lifting my arm and the next thing you know, wham!,” she said.

“I just looked down, I saw two fingers droop immediately. I started seeing blood coming out of my radial artery.”

“I just said ‘Swim for your life! Swim for your life! Swim for your life!’ And I just did that,” she said. “I kicked myself in, just kicking.”

Peteka’s was the first of two shark attacks on 23 October 2017 off Palm Beach County, Florida. The second shark attack was on teenage surfer Jason Hartl.

“I knew I had to get to shore quick or I would have been dead,” she told the press. “You have superhuman strength that you don’t know you had until something like that happens to you. It’s a primal thing. You just do it.”

Peteka managed to get to shore where she bled profusely and became light-headed.

“I just started screaming, ‘Help me, I’m going to die,'” Peteka said.

A nearby resident heard her cries, called 911 and wrapped a towel above the wound.

She was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

An orthopedic hand surgeon at the hospital, Dr. Thomas Saylor, said her hand was “shredded”, adding that it appeared the shark shook her wrist from side to side.

“Her bite wounds are pretty traumatic,” Saylor said. “It’s a devastating injury.”

Her injuries to her left hand and wrist included 20 torn tendons and

ligaments, a severed artery, two fractured bones and nerve damage.

Doctors found a piece of shark tooth wedged in her wrist bone.

“It’s going to keep me out of the water,” Peteka said. “I love swimming with a passion. But now, I can’t look at it. I can’t think about it. I don’t know that I can ever go back again.”

 

 

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INJURED — 6 September 2012 – E Street, St. Augustine Beach, Florida, USA — surfer bitten

Paramedics treat Andrew Birchall foot after he was bitten by a shark while surfing at St Augustine Beach, Florida, US.

Andrew Birchall (age not reported) was bitten on the foot by a shark while surfing at E Street in St. Augustine Beach, Florida, USA. The incident happened around 11.30am on Thursday 6 September 2012.

Birchall told the press he had just “caught a good wave” and jumped in the water when the shark bit his foot. He was in shallow water and managed to rip his foot from the shark’s mouth. Surfers nearby helped him to shore.

“There was blood everywhere,” he said.

Paramedics took him to Flagler Hospital, where he underwent several hours of surgery to repair some torn tendons.

Surgeons found a shark tooth in the wound.

Birchall said he did not see the shark. It was not known what species it was.

Sources:
The St Augustine Record

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The St Augustine Record

INJURED – 26 June 2011 — North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, US – body boarder / wader bitten

Casssidy Cartwright - shark attack victimCassidy Cartwright, 10, was bitten on her lower right leg by a shark while standing in 3.5 feet of water at North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, US. The unprovoked attack happened on Sunday 26 June 2011. The species of shark is not known.

She was playing with her bodyboard when the shark bit her and dragged her down.

“It pulled me down, and it hurt. I just thought it was somebody messing around, and I found out that it wasn’t ‘cause it pulled me down again,” she was quoted as saying.

“My leg was cut wide open and it was bleeding really badly,” she said.

She was brought ashore by her mother with the help of a friend. They wrapped a towel around the wound. Paramedics called a helicopter to airlift her to UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Her mother said that at first she thought she had stepped on something in the water. She fell once. Then she fell again … then she saw all the blood in the water.

“Together we got her out, but when we pulled [her] out of the water her leg was wide open and it was just… a lot of blood,” her mother was quoted as saying.

“At that point I guess we assumed it was a shark bite, but it wasn’t until we got to UNC [where] they found a shark tooth in her leg,” she said. Doctors found the tip of a shark tooth in the wound.

The shark attack severed Cassidy’s Achilles tendon and two others and took a piece out of her ankle bone.

She underwent five hours of surgery. She is expected to walk again but whether she will have full use of her ankle is uncertain, according to her mother.

In a strange twist of fate, her mother bought the boogie board the day they arrived at North Topsail Beach from a store named Shark Attack. Her other took a photo of her daughter and a friend in the mouth of a shark model at the store.

Sources:

ABC News
Goerie.com

PIC Source: still from video on Goerie.com