A Texas teen was one day into his family’s trip to Florida and was enjoying time in the water at the beach when a bull shark attacked him and ripped off most of his calf on Saturday.
Cody High, a 15-year-old from San Angelo, was in the water at Cocoa Beach and was just heading back to land when the seven-foot-long bull shark grabbed hold of his leg around 5pm.
‘I was about knee-deep when he got me, and I was walking back. I didn’t see him at all, Cody told Fox35 Orlando.
‘I saw blood everywhere, and I just knew something bad had happened. People were crying, my mom was probably by far one of the more petrified ones. She was screaming, ‘Oh my god! What happened?”
Still smiling: Texas teen, Cody High, survived a bull shark attack on Saturday and lost a good chunk of his calf, but seems in good spirits despite it
Thankfully the shark bit his leg and swam off, and didn’t continue the attack. Cody’s surgeon said there were simply too many stitches to count
Cody will need to go to rehab, and may need surgery after the terrifying shark attack in knee deep waters on Saturday in Florida
‘It just felt like a hand squeezing as hard as possible. My older brother- he likes pranking me a lot, and it really felt like he just grabbed me with his hand.’
Luckily for the teen, that was the end of the attack. The shark bit and ripped off a good chunk on his leg, and swam off.
He was in the water with his smaller nieces and nephews at the time as well. They were all playing in an area of the beach without a lifeguard.
A Cocoa Beach police officer assisted in getting Cody to the boardwalk where Brevard County Fire Rescue rushed him to Cape Canaveral Hospital.
Once he was stabilized, he was taken to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital where surgery was performed.
‘A gifted surgeon, Dr. Levi, stitched up Cody’s leg. The doctor said there were too many stitches to count,’ Cody’s cousin, Janice Hotz said.
Cody was swimming with his little nieces and nephews (pictured just before they left Texas for their family vacation). The shark really could have done much worse damage to the family
The family is still in Florida, and are hoping that they can still take Cody to Disney as planned.
As of now Cody is in a wheelchair. His family has a GoFundMe page set up to help offset his medical expenses, which will include rehab, and possibly surgery.
Brevard County has the dubious distinction of the second most shark attacks in the country next only to Volusia County, also in Florida.