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WATCH: Dad of teen attacked by shark describes the bloody scene


Shark attack victim, Paige Winter, in an undated photo.

We should all take a page out of Paige’s book.

After a terrifying near-death experience, Paige Winter, the teenage girl who survived a shark attack at North Carolina’s Fort Macon State Park beach last month, has come out an even stronger person.

The 17-year-old was attacked by a shark as she stood 3 feet from her father Charlie Winter, a firefighter and former Marine.

“I turned to where Paige was and there was no Paige,” her father told CBS News. “Paige was underwater, but there was pink on the water. I went straight to where the pink was and I dove under and I grabbed her. When I pulled her up a shark came up with her — it was a big shark and I immediately started to hit it. I hit it with everything I could and it let go.”

Paige is now sharing her amazing story of survival and resilience, speaking directly from her hospital bed.

“I want people to see I’m doing alright and you know, I’m still going to do the stuff they can do. I think I can transform this into something good for me, good for sharks and good for the environment, too,” she said.

The damage was extensive: she suffered several injuries from the attack, as both her hands were mauled when she tried to open the shark’s mouth, and she also had to have her left leg amputated.

“The shark took her leg. It did not take her spirit,” her father said.