Bournemouth: Beachgoer shares possible shark sighting
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On Monday, Jordan Prushinski, 12, was swimming in Maryland, USA, while on holiday with her family. She suddenly felt something touch her leg, suspected it was a crab and ran out.
However, the injuries were much more severe than originally predicted as she ended up needing 42 stitches for 20 cuts on her legs.
She limped out of the water in Ocean City as beachgoers rushed to her aid.
A nurse was available to give her first aid, according to Jordan’s mother, Melissa Prushinski.
Her parents then rushed her to the hospital.
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“I didn’t really realise what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere,” Jordan told WBRE.
“I was swimming and a wave had just crashed and I was right on the edge of the crash zone, I thought a horseshoe crab had got lifted up and hit against my shins, and I don’t like the sea creatures so I rushed out immediately to find blood everywhere, with cuts all over my left leg.”
Brooke Rathell, a registered nurse who was on the scene, said Jordan was “really brave”.
“We still don’t know what kind of shark it was,” said Jordan’s mother, Melissa Prushinski.
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“The emergency room doctor confirmed it was a shark bite because no other animal makes this type of bite.”
Marine biologist Jay Bradley from the National Aquarium has said shark attacks in the area are not common.
Last year, there were less than 60 shark attacks in the entire world – and 30 in the States alone, Bradley said.
However, the majority of these attacks took place in Florida.
These incidents are “relatively unlikely in Maryland”, however, Ocean City Beach Patrol released a statement saying that marine life is a possible cause for the attack.
“At this time, the Ocean City Beach Patrol is working with the Department of Natural Resources to determine what caused the injury,” the statement to 11 News read.
“Marine life has not been ruled out.”
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