NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - A New Smyrna Beach woman said she watched a shark pull her daughter under water in an attack she likened to a scene out of the movie "Jaws."
Valeh Levy said she and her 15-year-old daughter, Sydney, were surfing south of the jetty in New Smyrna Beach when Sydney was suddenly pulled off of her surfboard.
"This was my worst nightmare," Levy said.
The shark bit Sydney's ankle.
Levy said her daughter was able to get back on her board, but the the shark returned and chomped down on the rope connected to her ankle, pulling her under water.
"To me is was like a scene out of 'Jaws,' where the girl is getting sucked under. I said, 'There is no way this thing is going to kill my daughter.' I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and threw her on the nose of my board," Levy said.
She said the shark continued swimming around them as they called out for help to two nearby surfers who assisted them to shore.
Luckily an ambulance was just up the beach helping another surfer, Nick Romano, 17, who had just been bitten by a shark, too.
Volusia County Beach Patrol officials said the two teens were bitten within five minutes of each other around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
"I saw the full thing right in front of me. The tail whipped right in front of me," Romano said.
He was bitten on his calf and had to get 17 stitches.
"Every surfer always thinks, 'Oh, one day I'm going to get bit by a shark.' Today was my day," Romano said.
Both Romano and Levy were released from the hospital Wednesday night.
A beach patrol spokesperson said it's highly unlikely that the same shark attacked both surfers. She said it likely was a group of sharks in the area feeding on fish.
The beach was closed for about 30 minutes after the attacks before reopening.
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