The father of a 17-year-old girl who was attacked by a shark earlier this month explained the horrific incident and explained how he had released the teenager from the jaws of the fish.
At a press conference Friday, Charlie Winter, Paige Winter's father, said that he was swimming with his daughter in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, on June 2.
At one point – after other teens swimming near them started shouting "Shark!" And "Seeking it!", He noticed a five foot pink blood trail in the water. ;water.
Winter said that he immediately plunged into the water, grabbing Paige while simultaneously shooting what is now considered a bull shark.
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"It was a big shark … I immediately started to hit him," he said. "I do not know how many times I hit him, but I hit him with everything I could and he let himself go."
Winter said the creature had pursued him "at arm's length" until he reached the shore with his daughter.
Winter, a former paramedic, said he exerted pressure on the teenager's badly injured left leg, which was later amputated. Two of Paige's fingers on his left hand were also removed as a result of the attack.
In the fight, Winters added that his daughter had tried to open the shark's mouth with the hand. Subsequently, he said that she was calm and that he would not stop repeating the word "dad" by wearing it at the shelter.
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"She's a difficult little thing," he says of Paige.
Such attacks are rare, according to Eric Toschlog, head of trauma and acute care surgery at Vidant Medical Center. He was one of the doctors who treated Paige.
"I've never seen an injury of this gravity, ever," Toschlog said, adding that there were usually only two or three attacks off North Carolina each year.
According to the International Shark Attack File of the University of Florida at Gainesville, a research organization that records shark bite reports around the world, 32 unprovoked shark attacks have been perpetrated in the United States. 2018, or 48% of the world total. The number was 53 attacks in 2017.
After the attack, Paige – who, according to her doctors, should have completed her physical therapy and rehabilitation within six to twelve months – then issued a statement via the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, thanking people to have helped her.
"Even though I have many injuries, including an amputated leg and injuries to the hands, everything will be fine," she said. "I will continue to stay positive and to be grateful that it is not worse."
The hospital described the teenager as "an unshakable defender" of marine life and says she "wants people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety".
Even in a video published by the medical center, Paige herself said that she always respected marine life, including sharks.
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"Sharks are always good people and that's a little bit the truth, they are always so good and so cool," she said.
Travis Fedschun of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.