INJURED – 13 July 2005, Crystal Beach, Texas, United States, swimmer attacked
Fourteen-year-old Lydia Paulk was bitten on the foot on Wednesday 13 July by what is believed to be a black tip shark while standing in waist deep water with two relatives.
According to witnesses the shark was 4-5 feet long. It bumped her leg before returning after a few seconds and biting her foot. The jagged bite severed tendons on the top of her foot.
Lydia’s aunt, who was with her in the water, pulled her onto a small boat and took her to shore, wrapping her bleeding foot in a towel
Lydia, from North Carolina, was taken to University of Texas Medical Branch hospital. Doctors, who removed fragments of shark teeth from the wound, said they believed she would be able to walk again.