The shark attack of 11-year-old Riley Breihan left behind several shark attack bite marks and a very painful account of her shark encounter. “At first I wasn't thinking about pain, I was thinking I got bit by a shark and I have to go to the emergency room. Then I felt the sting and it hurt real bad,” said the brave 11-year-old girl according to an Aug. 28, WKMG report.
This is the second shark attack in 2013 in Volusia County. In 2012, there were eight attacks, and in 2011, there were six shark attacks.
On Sunday, 11-year-old Riley Breihan was boogie boarding at WinterHaven Park in Ponce Inlet in Volusia County in Florida.
When she stood up in the only knee-deep water, she felt something attach to her leg. After realizing that she had been bitten by a shark and needed medical care, the stinging pain of the shark attack set in.
A couple of strangers who were nearby jumped into the water, wrapped the 11-year-old girl in their towel, carried her to their jeep, and took her to the hospital.
“They wrapped me up in their towel, they carried me and put me in the back of their jeep,” says Riley Breihan who is a sixth-grader.
At the hospital, doctors found that Riley had been bitten twice during the shark attack, once in her lower leg and once in her heel. To their surprise, they found a baby shark tooth still embedded in the 11-year-old girl’s skin.
“They had to numb me and they had to prick it out,” says Riley Breihan about the shark tooth that she got to keep.
Riley is getting around on crutches while she is healing. But as for going back into the water, she says, “I’m going to wait.”