Paige Winter from New Bern, a 17-year-old who was swimming at Atlantic , survived a shark attack at a beach close to North Carolina’s Fort Macon State Park on June 2 because her father punched the shark five times.
Lifeguards recovered her from the water, and she was soon transported by medical helicopter to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. According to Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials, she suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic, and hand areas.” Father Charlie Winter’s is a marine, firefighter, and paramedic. He had served the community in various public roles over the last two decades. The teen had her left leg amputated by doctors above the knee and some fingers too. She may need a “hand transplant in the future and several on the other.” Vidant Medical Center said that the teen is in good condition and is receiving good care.
The most impressive part of this real story: the teen girl is reportedly a marine life lover and, despite the attack, she continues to love sharks. She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety. On a on GoFundMe page her mother, Marcy Winter, said „She wants everyone to know that sharks are still good people.” The $5000 fundraising goal was met and exceeded in less than 24 hours. The page says the funds will be used to, “to assist in the many surgeries, physical therapy, prosthetics, recovery process, and Charlie’s missed days from work.” Donors on the fundraising platform appreciated Winter’s never-die spirit.