On a family journey in Florida last week, the Atlanta-based couple, accompanied by Duke-Eddy’s dad and mother, sister and her sister’s boyfriend, decided to spend the day swimming and snorkeling aboard a private 20-foot motorboat, according to the Miami Herald who first reported the story.

The family acquired down to find the marine lifetime of the Sombrero Reef inside the Florida Keys, the 125-mile-long chain of islands that begins merely south of Miami.

With plenty of completely different people from shut by boats already swimming inside the water, 30-year-old Andrew Eddy didn’t hesitate to leap in. Nearly immediately after coming into the water, a shark — described by witnesses as an 8- to 10-foot bull shark — slammed into Eddy and latched onto his shoulder, consistent with witnesses.

Dukes-Eddy, watching from the boat, immediately sprang into movement.

As Deputy Christopher Aguanno wrote in his report for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, she “observed the shark’s dorsal fin after which blood filling the water,” and “with out hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat.”

Eddy was immediately taken to Sombrero Seaside after which airlifted to a close-by hospital in Miami the place the hurt to his shoulder was deemed excessive, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Dukes-Eddy has not responded to a request for comment.

There was no person “fishing or chumming” the water the place the group was snorkeling and there have been no completely different reported accidents, Aguanno confirmed.

Monroe County, positioned spherical 160 miles southwest of Miami, has had solely 17 confirmed and unprovoked shark assaults since 1882, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File — making this case the entire additional gorgeous.

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