Thursday, September 24, 2020

Pregnant wife dives into ocean to save husband from a nine-foot bull shark

A man was rescued by his pregnant wife after a 'nine-foot bull shark' latched onto his shoulder during a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys.

Andrew Eddy, 30, was on a private boat with his wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy, her parents, her sister and her sister’s boyfriend at the time of the shark attack Sunday morning at Sombrero Reef, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Eddy, of Atlanta, had just slid into the water when a large shark latched onto his shoulder.

'Dukes saw the shark's dorsal fin and then blood filling the water,' Deputy Christopher Aguanno wrote in his report.

'Dukes, without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat,' the deputy said. 

Deputies described Eddy's shark bite wound as severe. Medics were waiting for them when they reached the beach in Marathon. 

Eddy was then flown to Ryder Trauma Center at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, where a spokeswoman said the family requested privacy.

According to the Miami Herald, Dukes managed to avoid injury during the rescue. It's unclear how far along Dukes is in her pregnancy.

Several other snorkelers from other boats were already in the water when the attack happened, the deputy wrote.

He said other boaters told deputies they had seen a bull shark in the area that morning, which they estimated to be as much as 9 feet long.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Eddy's condition is still unknown and the family has requested privacy at this time.