As she felt the creature bite into her leg, Kaley Szarmack turned around to see its fin cutting through the ocean waters. That’s when she yelled, “It’s a shark!”
According to People, her father, Dave, says his 10-year-old daughter was wading in water no deeper than 4-feet when the 3-foot-long shark attacked her.
Kaley managed to rip herself free and get to shore. When she realized her 6-year-old friend was still in the water, Kaley rushed back to the water and brought her friend back to shore unscathed.
The heroine is expected to make a full recovery.
“I am just so proud of her. And so thankful that she is doing so well,” her father says.
“She’s got no permanent damage that we know of at this point, and they said she is going to heal up. She’ll be able to run, jump, swim and surf in not too long of healing time.”
According to National Geographic, since 2000, the majority of shark attacks in the United States have taken place in Florida, specifically the northern regions.
In 2015, nineteen shark attacks were recorded before July 1.