A 28-year-old woman was bitten by a shark off the coast of Florida on Sunday.
Jill Kruse was wading in the Atlantic Ocean when the shark grabbed her leg. “She was about waist deep in the water when she got bit on the ankle. We were able to administer care to her,” said Chief Jeff Scabarozi, Brevard County Ocean Rescue, according to Florida Today.
Kruse, who is recovering from the injury, escaped after she punched the shark, her mother Wanda told WKMG.
“She’s just hurting and, you know, she’s going to heal. It’s going to take a while to heal, but we are just so blessed to have her,” Wanda said.
A witness told NBC News that Kruse was bitten “to the bone.” “I looked over at her and she said, ‘Somebody help me!’ ” said witness Holly Petersen.
“I saw the fin come up and slap her in the face, and she said, ‘It got me,’ so I grabbed her hand and [dragged] her back to the shore,” Petersen said.
Kruse received stitches to her hand from where she punched the shark. The injuries to her leg are more serious, and she remains hospitalized while doctors treat the wounds.
Officials have not identified what type of shark attacked the woman.