A 17-year-old girl has lost part of her leg and some fingers after they were bitten by a shark at a North Carolina beach on Sunday but she’s still a big lover of the beasts.
Paige Winter received ‘deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic and hand areas’ in the attack around noon at Fort Macon State Park, the Atlantic Beach Fire Department.
Park ranger Paul Terry told
Firefighters and ABFD paramedics responded to the area by the bathhouse at 12.19pm and immediately transported her to a waiting East Care Helicopter at Carteret Health Care.
Paige Winter has lost part of her leg and some fingers after they were bitten by a shark at a North Carolina beach on Sunday but her dad and beach-goers helped save her life
Chad Morgan from Reel Faith Fishing Charters believes that on Friday he captured a shark thrashing around in the water nearby where the girl was attacked on Sunday
Atlantic Beach-goers also helped save her life according to the hospital where she was airlifted and treated.
‘Her family expresses their appreciation for the first responders, the individuals on the beach who helped and her heroic father who saved her life,’ Vidant Medical Center in Greenville said in a statement.
Winter was listed as being in ‘good condition and receiving excellent care’ at the hospital about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of the incident location.
Grandmother Janet Winter said on Facebook: ‘Thank God our son was with her.’
A man believed to be the girl’s father works for the City of Havelock Fire – Rescue Department.
Her grandmother posted that ‘she is still alive’ with ‘one leg gone’. ‘May need a hand transplant in the future and several on the other,’ she added.
Her mother Marcy Winter posted later on Sunday: ‘Paige is out of surgery and awake, she’s still pretty groggy but cracking jokes. She wants everyone to know that sharks are still good people.’
The parent used to be a Marine.
Paige Winter was attacked swimming at Fort Macon State Park, North Carolina around noon
Her grandmother posted that ‘she is still alive’ with ‘one leg gone’ but she ‘may need a hand transplant in the future’
Grandmother Janet Winter said on Facebook: ‘Thank God our son was with her’
The hospital also said the child was eager to get across the message to show love to marine life, despite being harmed in the water that same day.
‘Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water,’ the statement continued.
‘She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.’
Chad Morgan from Reel Faith Fishing Charters believes that on Friday he captured a shark thrashing around in the water nearby where the girl was attacked on Sunday.
He added to WCTI that sharks are becoming a real problem in the area.
There have been 16 shark attacks in the United States this year so far, most of them have taken place in Florida.
Last Saturday a 65-year-old California man was fatally injured by a shark in Hawaii.
In 2018 there were 33 shark bites reported in the US.
If attacked it recommends fighting back if possible. Attack the face by hitting, ripping, poking and tearing at the shark’s eyes and gills.