NEW SMYRNA BEACH (CBSMiami) – Sydney Levy wasn’t really up for talking after she got out of the hospital.
Who could blame her. The 15 year old had a terrifying experience while out surfing with her mom on Wednesday.
“This was my worst nightmare to see an animal that could kill my daughter pulling her under water,” said Valeh Levy.
Levy said they were both ‘long boarding’ off New Smyrna Beach, about half a mile south of the jetty, when a shark clamped down on Sydney’s ankle, pulled her off her board and under the water.
Valeh said Sydney was able to get back up, but then the shark grabbed the surf board leash which was attached to her leg.
“To me it was like a scene out of “Jaws” where the girl is getting sucked under and I said there is no way this thing is going to kill my daughter,” said Valeh. “I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and threw her on the nose of my board.”
Levy said the shark continued to circle them and they called out to two nearby surfers for help. Together they made it to shore.
Ironically, rescue workers and an ambulance were just up the beach helping another surfer who had also been bitten by a shark.
“I saw the full thing right in front of me, its tail whipped right in front of me,” said 17-year old Nick Romano. “Its tail came out of water.”
Romano needed 17 stitches to close the eight inch gash on his calf.
“My reaction was to shove him right away and but I just stood there, I just got bit by a shark,” said Romano. “Every surfer always thinks ‘Oh one day I’m going to get bit by a shark’, today was my day.”