When a shark attacked her husband during a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys, his pregnant wife did not think twice, hopping from a boat to pull him to safety, a deputy sheriff said.
Andrew Eddy, 30, was on a private boat with his wife Margot Dukes Eddy and her family at the time of the shark attack Sunday morning in Sombrero Reef, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Eddie, from Atlanta, had just slipped into the water when he hit a large shark in the shoulder.
“The Dukes saw the dorsal fin of a shark and then blood filling the water. Representative Christopher Iguanno wrote in his report:” Dukes, without hesitation, dived into the water and pulled my hand into the boat safely. “
The Miami Herald reported that Dukes managed to avoid the injury during the rescue, but MPs described the shark bite wound in Eddy as severe. Paramedics were waiting for them when they reached shore in Marathon. Eddie was then flown to the Rider Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where a spokeswoman said the family requested privacy.
The deputy wrote that several other divers from other boats were already in the water when the attack occurred. He said other boaters had told MPs that they had seen a bull shark in the area that morning, which they estimated was 9 feet (2.7 meters) long.
George Burgess, who retired as director of the International Portfolio of Shark Attacks at the University of Florida, agreed that it was likely that the bull shark bitten Eddie.
The file recorded 17 unexplained shark bites since 1882 in Monroe County. For comparison, Volusia County in North Florida had 312, which made the area called the “Shark Bite Capital of the World”.
That’s because the Keys lack the waves that make Volusia County’s beaches popular with swimmers and surfers, Burgess said. In the Keys, people tend to spend their time snorkeling, diving, and lounging around sandbars, activities that are less likely to attract sharks.