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Girl seriously injured in shark attack off Florida’s Gulf Coast, officials say

The 17-year-old’s family says a 9-foot shark wrapped its jaws around her thigh. She poked it in the eyes and punched it before her brother fought it off.
A great white shark is seen in this file photo. Authorities say a teenage girl was seriously injured when a shark attacked her off Florida’s Gulf Coast. The 17-year-old girl's family says a 9-foot shark wrapped its jaws around the girl’s thigh in the waters off Keaton Beach. The girl poked the shark in the eyes and punched it before her brother managed to fight it off and pull the girl onto a stranger’s boat. Officials didn’t immediately know what kind of shark bit the girl.
A great white shark is seen in this file photo. Authorities say a teenage girl was seriously injured when a shark attacked her off Florida’s Gulf Coast. The 17-year-old girl's family says a 9-foot shark wrapped its jaws around the girl’s thigh in the waters off Keaton Beach. The girl poked the shark in the eyes and punched it before her brother managed to fight it off and pull the girl onto a stranger’s boat. Officials didn’t immediately know what kind of shark bit the girl.
Published Jul. 2|Updated Jul. 5

PERRY — A teenage girl was seriously injured when a shark attacked her off Florida’s Gulf Coast, authorities said.

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The attack occurred Thursday afternoon off Keaton Beach, according to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The 17-year-old girl had been looking for scallops in the water with her family when a 9-foot shark wrapped its jaws around the girl’s thigh, according to statement from her family.

The girl poked the shark in the eyes and punched it before her brother, who is a firefighter, managed to fight the shark off and pull the girl onto a stranger’s boat. The brother put a tourniquet on the girl’s leg to slow blood loss.

After she was brought to shore, the girl was airlifted about 60 miles to a hospital in Tallahassee, the state capital, officials said. Doctors told the family that the girl’s leg suffered extensive damage.

Officials didn’t immediately know what kind of shark bit the girl.

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