Twenty-Two-Year-Old Jessica Vaughn was inner-tubing in the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when she was attacked by a shark that had been swimming unseen in the murky water. As she swam towards an inner tube, she said she felt like something had suddenly punched her in the leg but when she looked down it was a shark clamped down on her leg. It only took one bite before it swam off, smacking her indignantly with one of it’s fins, but that one bite was significant.
A nearby boat managed to see the trouble and got to her in time, hoisting her to saftey and calling 911. They wrapped her leg as best they could while they took her back to shore to await paramedics. The wait apparently only lasted about five minutes before she was picked up and rushed to Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale where she was also treated for shock. And her rescuers and her doctors both noted how calm she was about the whole ordeal. The wound was a significant U-shaped gash that the doctors were able to stitch easily due to the lack of shredding. Had the shark bit several times or tore the chunk out, she would have been in much more serious danger.
Wildlife experts are speculating that the culprit was a Bull Shark. A particularly dangerous species as it has been known to eat people. It’s big and aggressive and has the ability to leave salt water and swim in fresh water. Bull Sharks have been spotted in the Mississippi River on occasion.
She’ll be left with a big scar but I don’t think it will be anything too damaging to her self esteem. Besides, she has a cool story to tell for the rest of her life and by being such a champ about it, I’d say she’s earned some Bad-Ass points.