Bitten by a Shark During Her First Ocean Swim, A Colorado Woman Vows to Go Back in the Water

by Owen James Burke


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Before she ever set foot in the surf at Cocoa Beach, Florida, 28-year-old Colorado woman Jill Kruse, who was about to wade into the ocean for the very first time of her life, felt that something was going to go wrong.

Many of us have this sneaking premonition around the sea, but after a moment or two, the reality of the situation seems almost silly to acknowledge: you have a one-in-11.5-million chance of being bitten by a shark, according to the University of Florida’s “International Shark Attack File”. What are those chances on your very first time in the ocean?

Kruse, however, was about to experience the outside chance of that statistic. Wading knee deep–not even fully submerged yet–she’d been in the water only 10 minutes.

“I felt something grab my leg and it was a sharp pain”, Kruse recalled. Some reports say Kruse then punched the shark, which released her calf and fled. She tried to get up and walk, but couldn’t.

Kruse screamed fore help, and someone pulled her to shore, at which point she noticed her calf muscle hanging from her leg. Her mother came to her aid and applied direct pressure until an ambulance arrived, 15-20 minutes later.

Doctors saved her leg and she’s recovering at home in Colorado Springs now, where the aspiring physical therapist faces several months of physical rehabilitation.

This is the second Colorado Springs resident to suffer a shark bite this year. The other, Hunter Treschl, lost his arm off Oak Island, North Carolina. It would appear that southern sharks have a predilection for high altitude meat.

When asked if she’d return into the ocean, Kruse replied that she thinks she’ll “probably go back in the water, but it will be a while. What are the chances of being bit twice, right?”

Read more at KDVR.



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