A pregnant woman has saved her husband’s life after he was attacked by a shark “immediately after entering the water” whilst they went out on a private boat trip.
In the Florida Keys of the US, Andrew Eddy, 30, and his wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy, and her family went out on a private boat trip, according to local media reports.
Within seconds of “entering the water”, Andrew was attacked by a shark, which had intially prompted him to dive in the water after spotting its dorsal fin.
Based on the report by Deputy Christopher Aguanno, Andrew’s wife then pulled him to safety – risking both her’s and her unborn child’s life – by jumping into the water after him.
Before Margot managed to reach out to Andrew, the shark managed to bite into his shoulder. It is believed to be a bull shark based off eyewitness reports.
In the police report, it said: “Dukes saw the shark’s dorsal fin and then blood filling the water.
“Dukes, without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat.”
After Margot pulled her bitten husband back onto the boat, a 911 call was made in which a woman’s voice can be heard screaming hysterically.
The family were at Sombrero Beach at the time of the incident, which is located in Marathon. They travelled back by boat to the shore and medics, alongside the city’s fire rescue, were waiting for his arrival.
The Miami Herald reported that the Monroe County’s helicopter air ambulance flew Andrew to Ryder Trauma Center at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The family has since requested privacy during this time and have not made any public comments.
University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File’s latest information says that Monroe County has had 17 unprovoked shark bites since 1882.
Although this is a relatively small number, George Burgess, the retired director of the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File, agreed that it was likely that Andrew had been bitten by a bull shark.