Columbia girl bitten by shark recounts her experience
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WIS) - Authorities say a shark apparently bit a 17-year-old girl in knee-deep water off Litchfield Beach in Georgetown County.
Julianne Lenti said she thought she'd felt a crab at first, but when she felt teeth sink in, she knew it wasn't a crab's pincers.
"I started freaking out," Lenti said.
Lenti said it all happened in a matter of seconds when she was boogie boarding with her boyfriend, Mitchell.
Lenti was in knee-deep water, but she never got a clear view of the shark. However, she does remember the pain with distinct accuracy.
"It was really bad at first," Lenti said. "When they were cleaning it out, it was the worst."
Mitchell and his family helped to get Lenti out of the water and to the hospital.
"When I saw it, I was freaking out and people were closing my eyes because there was blood everywhere," Lenti said. "It was unbelievable to me."
Midway Fire Rescue spokesman Bob Beebe says no one saw the shark, but the marks left on the teen's foot are consistent with a shark bite.
Two days later, Lenti's outlook is already looking bright. The dozen or so stitches in her leg could be out in just a few days.
"Yeah it was definitely the scariest experience of my life, but i'm looking at the positive," Lenti said. "Could've been a lot worse."http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S ... v=0RaPRIMl