10-Year-Old Girl Saves Friend From Shark, After Being Bitten Herself


A 10-year-old girl from Florida has been hailed a hero after she waded back into the sea to save her friend from a shark, after she’d already been bitten by the creature.

Kaley Szarmack was swimming in shallow waters near Jacksonville when she felt the shark bite. She got straight out of the water but her younger friend was unaware there was a shark.

Her dad, Dave Szarmack, told WJXT radio:

She got bit on the right leg. She said she felt it and she turned around and she could see the shark and she could see the fin flailing around.

So she turned around and went back and got the other six-year-old and took her out of the water. She pulled the little girl back out of the water.


She got a pretty large wound from the shark, and it took surgeons an hour to treat her.

Her dad added:

She’ll be able to run, jump, swim and surf in not too long of healing time. Going to have a pretty big scar and quite a story to tell though.

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What a tiny hero this youngster is.