17-year-old describes terrifying moment a shark attacked her – WBAL TV Baltimore
Addison Bethea, 17, was hunting for scallops in the waters off Keaton Beach, Florida, when a shark latched onto her flesh. She screamed for help, and her brother Rhett Willingham heeded the call.
Her brother pulled her into another boat and applied a tourniquet to her leg to stem the blood loss. She needed to undergo emergency surgery in order to restore the blood flow to the leg that was attacked.
The juvenile sustained a shark bite to her right leg while scalloping near Grassy Island. The bite left her with “devastating damage to the soft tissue in her right leg,” hospital officials said.
The teen appeared upbeat in her hospital bed and said she was excited to have her leg amputated. She was surrounded by stuffed toy sharks and was “cracking jokes about beating up the shark”. Addison plans to get back in the water once she has recovered, saying that she lived 17 years without a shark attack and is fine with going back.
Addison was undeterred by her shark attack and plans to get back in the water once she has recovered. The teen remains resilient and determined to carry on with normal day-to-day living.
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- ‘I just started socking it in the face’: 17-year-old describes terrifying moment a shark attacked her WBAL TV Baltimore
- 17-year-old shark attack survivor describes her battle with the beast CNN
- Brave Florida teen facing amputation details chilling battle with shark New York Post
- Florida teen to have leg amputated after attack by 9-foot shark WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
- Florida teen speaks to CNN after surviving shark attack CNN
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