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Pennsylvania girl attacked by shark on Maryland beach


A 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark that left her needing 42 stitches for 20 cuts on her leg while vacationing in Maryland with her family.  

Jordan Prushinski, of Plains Township, Pennsylvania, recounted the harrowing incident on a beach in Ocean City on Monday in an interview with WBRE-TV

She was playing in knee-deep water on 119th St. Beach when she suddenly felt a sharp pain and limped to the shore to find blood streaming down her leg. 

‘I didn’t really realize what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere,’ Jordan said.

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Jordan Prushinski, 12, (pictured) was attacked by a shark that left her needing 42 stitches for 20 cuts on her leg while vacationing in Maryland with her family on Monday

Jordan (front left) recounted the attack in an interview with WBRE alongside her sister and parents. 'I didn't really realize what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere,' she said

Jordan (front left) recounted the attack in an interview with WBRE alongside her sister and parents. ‘I didn’t really realize what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere,’ she said 

'I was swimming and a wave had just crashed and I was right on the edge of the crash zone, I thought a horseshoe crab had got lifted up and hit against my shins,' Jordan said of the moment she felt the bite

‘I was swimming and a wave had just crashed and I was right on the edge of the crash zone, I thought a horseshoe crab had got lifted up and hit against my shins,’ Jordan said of the moment she felt the bite 

Beachgoers, including an EMT and a nurse, helped give Jordan first aid before she was transported to a hospital. Her leg is seen before doctors used stitches to close 20 cuts

Doctors used 42 stitches to close up Jordan's cuts

Beachgoers, including an EMT and a nurse, helped give Jordan first aid before she was transported to a hospital. Her leg is seen before (left) and after (right) she received 42 stitches

‘I was swimming and a wave had just crashed and I was right on the edge of the crash zone, I thought a horseshoe crab had got lifted up and hit against my shins,’ Jordan said of the moment she felt the bite. 

‘I don’t like the sea creatures so I rushed out immediately to find blood everywhere, with cuts all over my left leg.’ 

Her mother, Melissa Prushinski, said other beachgoers, including an EMT and a nurse, helped give Jordan first aid.

They cleaned and bandaged the wound as Jordan’s family then took her to Atlantic General Hospital. 

The supposed shark attack occurred on 119th St. Beach in Ocean City, Maryland

The supposed shark attack occurred on 119th St. Beach in Ocean City, Maryland 

The Ocean City Beach Patrol also was there to help Jordan. Captain Butch Arbin said he has not seen anything like this in 49 years, according to CBS Baltimore

He also said that sharks have no interest in biting people generally and it is not unsafe for humans to swim in the water with them present. 

Bradley said: ‘It’s more likely in the summertime than it is other parts of the year because there are more people going to the beach, more people in the water; it increases the potential that someone could interact with a shark but it’s still relatively uncommon here in Maryland.’

Jordan’s father Robert Prushinski said: ‘Lifeguards and everybody else that were helping, were fantastic. By the time I got there, I scooped her up and got her onto a quad and got her out of there.’ 

The town of Ocean City says officials are consulting experts and aren´t ruling out marine life.  

Mrs Prushinksi said: ‘We still don´t know what kind of shark it was. The ER doctor confirmed it was a shark bite because no other animal makes this type of bite.’ 

Marie Levine, the executive director of the Shark Research Institute, believes that a black tip shark might have bit Jordan when she was in the ocean. 

Shark attacks are not common for Maryland waters and is the only coastal state with zero unprovoked shark attacks, according to the Ocean City Beach Patrol. 

On record, there was only one shark bite that happened in Maryland waters after a man named Matthew Vickers was bit while sharkfishing in 2014. 

This event was the only one recorded by the Florida Museum of Natural History for the state of Maryland. 

Marie Levine, the executive director of the Shark Research Institute, believes a black tip shark might have been responsible for the bite on Jordan's leg

Marie Levine, the executive director of the Shark Research Institute, believes a black tip shark might have been responsible for the bite on Jordan’s leg

In terms of the US, fatal shark attacks are still considered extremely rare as the chances are about one in four million, according to National Geographic. 

The International Shark Attack File released a report saying that 2020 saw a deadly year as ten people were killed in shark attacks around the world, which was considered the highest since 2013. 

Three of these attacks happened in California, Hawaii and Maine.

There were also 33 confirmed cases of unprovoked US shark attacks that year as well.   

Shark attacks are extremely rare in Maryland and there has only been recorded incident by the Florida Museum of Natural History in 2014

Shark attacks are extremely rare in Maryland and there has only been recorded incident by the Florida Museum of Natural History in 2014



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