Florida woman goes to hospital with shark attached to arm

(WPEC/CNN) — A Florida woman was rushed to the hospital Sunday after a shark bit her.

But she had to be taken to the emergency room with the shark was still attached to her arm.

A beautiful day at a Boca Raton beach turned somewhat chaotic for a 23-year-old woman.

Witnesses say, all of a sudden, they saw a lady calmly coming out of the water near Red Reef Park with a shark still attached to her arm.

Ocean Rescue captain Clint Tracy said he was very impressed with how the woman handled the bite.

When crews arrived, the nearly two-foot nursing shark was dead, but maintained its grip. Firefighters were unable to remove it at the scene.

“There was very little blood,” Tracy said. “She was calm, good vitals, and they secured her to a splint on to the stretcher with the shark and she went to Boca Raton Regional Hospital with the shark attached to her arm.” She is in stable condition.

He said the attack is unusual, being that nursing sharks are usually quite docile and stationary. This shark in particular was known to stay near the reef.

“It’s a shark that has been in our park for sometime, and while we have compassion for the victim, we are sad the shark is not going to be there anymore.”

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