A Florida woman is lucky to be alive after she was bit by what authorities suspect was a shark while boating with friends Sunday afternoon.
Jessica Vaughn was inner-tubing with friends in Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway about 2 p.m. when she felt something grab her leg.
Vaughn told authorities that she then felt a large fin hit her in the head before she’d realized what had happened.
Friends say they saw a splash and then heard Vaughn briefly scream, which is when someone told her to get back on the boat. The friend later told police they saw a four-foot bull shark in the water near where Vaughn had been bit.
‘We were tubing, and I was just in the water for about 25 minutes,’ Vaughn’s boyfriend, Peter Hogge, tells WSVN. ‘We stopped, she had a life vest on, she went in, another friend went in with her, she got to her tube and “boom.'”