A brave brother saved his 17-year-old sister from certain death as the girl was in the shark's jaws.
The attack happened in Florida. Addison Bethea was around 5 feet deep near Grassy Island, just off Keaton Beach. A shark came out of nowhere, as the girl said.
While at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, she told the press, she felt "something latches onto my leg, and I was like that's not right. And then I look, and it's a big old shark."
She tried fighting it, "So I just started socking it in the face and then poked its eyes…."
That only made things worse.
Addison's brother, Rhett Willingham, jumped to save his sister, whose right leg was in the shark's jaw.
Rhett is an EMT and a firefighter, though nothing could have prepared him for this.
The brother fought the shark while trying to get his sister on the boat. The shark was already eating her hand.
22-year-old Rhett told the media:
"I swam over there, grabbed her, and then pushed them all, kind of trying to separate them. And he just kept coming. So I grabbed her, swam backward and kicked him, and then yelled for help."
The brother tried to stop the bleeding and called an ambulance. Addison had emergency surgery, but she is recovering, as the family confirmed on Facebook.
Though her recovery will be challenging, the teen is in good spirits as she said, "I lived 17 years without a shark attack. I'm fine with going back."
She will need a second surgery, but for now, the family can thank their lucky stars for raising such a brave young man. A GoFundMe page is set up since the recovery will be lengthy and pricey.
Though the beast tore open her right leg, Addison is already on crutches.