A teenage girl lost her leg in a violent shark attack at Keaton Beach, Florida. The girl was attacked while swimming on Thursday and airlifted to a local hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
The teenage girl was enjoying the warm temperatures on Thursday close to Grassy Island near Keaton Beach, Florida, when the horrific attack took place. Luckily, a member of the girl's family was nearby and heroically jumped into the water and fended the shark away, almost certainly saving her life.
The teenager, who has not been named by authorities was airlifted to Tallahassee hospital where she was rushed in for emergency surgery.
Doctors had to amputate the girl's leg as the injuries were so severe, the teenager remains at the hospital in a critical condition but is expected to survive.
Keaton Beach is in Taylor County and lies approximately 74 miles, southeast of Tallahassee.
Sheriff Wayne Padgett said: "It's a tragedy what's happened."
40 percent of unprovoked shark attacks take place in Florida, and 60 percent of all attacks within the US occur in Florida.
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office said: "Some rules to follow are: never swim alone, do not enter the water near fisherman, avoid areas such as sandbars, do not swim near large schools of fish, and avoid erratic movements while in the water."