A heroic dad repeatedly punched a shark that almost killed his daughter in a terrifying attack in North Carolina, according to his family.
Paige Winter, 17, lost a leg and some fingers after getting mauled in the water at Fort Macon beach on Sunday.
She was airlifted 80 miles to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where a rep told NewsChannel 12 that her “heroic father … saved her life.”
“Thank God our son was with her,” Paige’s grandmother Janet Winter said of Charlie Winter, a former US Marine who is also a local firefighter. “He said he punched the shark in the face 5 times before it let go.”
The grandma asked for “many prayers” in a Facebook post and revealed that Paige would “lose one leg above the knee and some fingers.”
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SOURCE: New York Post, Lee Brown