Father repeatedly punched shark in the face to save daughter (17) from attack in which she lost leg
A father has repeatedly punched a shark in the face to make it let go of his daughter, their family say.
Paige Winter, a North Carolina teenager, was attacked by a shark while swimming in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, on Sunday.
Her father Charlie, a former marine, firefighter and paramedic, was in waist-deep water and raced to rescue her, according to authorities.
"He punched the shark in the face five times before it let go," Janet Winter, a woman who identified as the victim's grandmother, said on Facebook.
Paige (17) is recovering in hospital after she sustained "deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic and hand areas", according to Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials.
She had to undergo surgery to amputate her left leg. Her grandmother said she may also need a hand transplant in the future.
The family released a statement through the hospital, Vidant Medical Centre, in Greenville, confirming that the teenager was recovering.
"Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water," reads the statement. "She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety."