Man rescued by pregnant wife after shark attack in Florida
A snorkeler who was attacked by a shark in the Florida Keys was pulled to safety by his pregnant wife who jumped into the water to save him, witnesses said.
Andrew Charles Eddy, 30, of Atlanta, was bitten on the shoulder by what was believed to be a bull shark as he and relatives snorkeled on Sombrero Reef in the Middle Keys early Sunday, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by the Miami Herald.
But Eddy’s quick-thinking, brave wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy, who is pregnant, instantly jumped into the water to save her bloodied, wounded husband, witnesses told deputies. It is not known how far along Dukes-Eddy is in her pregnancy.
“Dukes saw the shark’s dorsal fin and then blood filling the water,” a deputy wrote in the report. “Dukes, without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat.”
Eddy and his wife had been out on a 20-foot open motorboat that day with her parents, her sister and her sister’s boyfriend prior to the attack. Dukes-Eddy’s father, sister and her sister’s boyfriend were already in the water before Eddy jumped in, deputies said.
Other boaters near the group said they had spotted a bull shark up to 9 nine feet that day, according to the report.
Monroe County has tallied 17 unprovoked shark attacks since 1882, the Herald reports, citing data the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File. That’s far less than Volusia County in northern Florida — also known as the “shark bite capital of the world” — where 312 shark attacks have occurred during that span, data shows.
“It’s relatively uncommon,” George Burgess, the retired director of the International Shark Attack File, told the newspaper Tuesday of shark attacks in the Florida Keys.
Burgess said he agreed with the witnesses’ description that Eddy was likely attacked by a bull shark rather than a tiger shark that some have speculated.
“Bulls are regular inhabitants at that attack site, tigers less so, but still common,” Burgess told the newspaper.
Eddy’s condition, meanwhile, was unavailable Tuesday and his wife did not return a message from the newspaper seeking comment.
A spokeswoman for Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where Eddy was taken after the attack, has said his family is requesting privacy, the Herald reports.
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