Shark Bites 15-Year-Old During Surfing
A girl identified as Maggie Drozdowski has been reportedly attacked by a shark while surfing off the coast of New Jersey during the weekend.
According to a further report, the 15-year-old said that she screamed in terror while underwater and did not fully realize what happened until she emerged from the ocean.
Moving around on crutches due to her injuries Monday, Maggie Drozdowski said her close encounter with the apex predator has left her “traumatized.”The teenage dancer and surfer from Chester County, Pennsylvania, shared her harrowing tale of survival in an interview with CBS Philadelphia less than 24 hours after her close call.
On Sunday afternoon, Drozdowski and a friend were surfing near the 110th Street beach in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.
She said her board had just been washed away by a big wave when a shark latched onto her left foot and dragged her underwater.
“I was in shock and I didn’t even realize what was going on until I was out of the water,” Drozdowski said with a nervous smile. “But it scared me. I screamed under the water. It was scary.”The young surfer sustained deep lacerations to her foot and calf requiring six stitches — but none of them life-threatening.
“I thought I was gonna have to get my foot amputated,” Drozdowski said. “But it didn’t end up being that bad.”
Officials in Stone Harbor said in a statement that the New Jersey State Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has concluded that the surfer’s wounds were “consistent with those typically associated with a shark of unknown size and type”.