Girl bitten by shark at Atlantic Beach releases her own statement

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Paige Winter

Paige Winter, who was bitten by a shark on June 2 at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, has released a statement on her condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where she is still being treated.

Statement from Paige Winter:

“I would like to thank everyone for reaching out and helping me the last 24 hours as a result of the shark attack that occurred at Fort Macon on June 2. Although I have extensive injuries, including an amputated leg and damage to my hands, I will be okay.

Thank you to the care team at Vidant Medical Center who is continuing to provide excellent care. I know I have a long road to recovery, which includes additional surgeries. I will continue to stay positive and be thankful that it was not worse.”

Winter’s family and friends invite anyone who is able to help with her medical bills to donate to Winter’s GoFundMe page.

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Officials in Atlantic Beach say they responded to an animal bite on Sunday at Fort Macon State Park.

Just after noon, a 17-year-old girl was bitten while swimming at the beach.

Vidant confirms the victim is Paige Winter.

EMS officials said she had severe injuries to her leg and hands from a marine animal bite.

A Fort Macon State Park ranger said sharks were seen in the surf just after the incident and the bite was from a shark.

“It had to be a shark — it was too big to be a fish,” Park Ranger Paul Terry told CBS 17.

Terry also said that at least two sharks could be swimming in the water just after the incident.

Atlantic Beach Fire Department Paramedics immediately transported the girl to an awaiting East Care Helicopter at Carteret Health Care where she was flown to Vidant Medical Center.

Vidant said in a statement, “Sunday evening, Vidant Medical Center confirmed the victim as Paige Winter. Vidant Health can confirm that Paige Winter is at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C. recovering from a shark attack that occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. on June 2, 2019, at Fort Macon. She is in good condition and receiving excellent care. Her family expresses their appreciation for the first responders, the individuals on the beach who helped and her heroic father who saved her life. Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for marine life and the animals who live in the water. She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”

Winter sustained deep cuts to her leg, pelvis, and hand areas.

Atlantic Beach Fire Department cannot confirm what type of marine life was involved until further information is received from specialists and marine biologists, officials said.

Winter’s family and friends invite anyone who is able to help with her medical bills to donate to Winter’s GoFundMe page.

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Officials in Atlantic Beach say they responded to an animal bite on Sunday at Fort Macon State Park.

Around 12 pm, a 17-year-old girl was bitten while swimming in the water.

EMS says she had severe injuries to her leg and hands from a marine animal bite, possibly a shark.

ABFD Paramedics immediately transported the patient to an awaiting East Care Helicopter at Carteret Health Care where she was flown to Vidant Medical Center.

The patient sustained deep lacerations to her leg, pelvis, and hand areas.

ABFD cannot confirm what type of marine life was involved until further information is received from specialists and marine biologists.

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