INJURED – 31 May 2011 – Follet’s Island near Surfside Beach, Texas, US – swimmer bitten
Kori Robertson, 22 was bitten on the right thigh by what is presumed to be a bull shark, while in waist deep water about 50 metres offshore of Follet’s Island near Surfside Beach, Texas, US.
The incident happened about 3pm on 31 May 2012.
The shark bite left a string of 1cm deep puncture wounds.
“All of a sudden, I felt something jerk me and bite,” she told media.
Robertson told the Houston Chronicle: “It didn’t feel like a little fish nibbling at me. I had to pull my leg up out of the water, then I thought I had to get out of the water. Now.”
“I was kind of like swimming and thinking ‘I just don’t want to get bitten again,’” Robertson told KHOU 11 News.
She didn’t see the shark.
Her boyfriend wrapped the wound in a towel and took her to University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Doctors treated the wound, but didn’t stitch it fearing infection.
Robertson was quoted as saying: “I was really lucky. There were people that I’ve seen that lost their legs, and like, lost chunks of their skin and, I mean, I’m going to be lucky to just walk away, hopefully – if there’s no infection – with just scars. That’s pretty awesome from what I’ve seen.”
She said doctors told her the shark bit her twice.
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