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Florida Mom Saves Daughter From Shark

Shark attacks twice before mom yanks her daughter away
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2012 12:26 AM CDT
Florida Mom Saves Daughter From Shark
'It was like Jaws,' said Sydney Levy's mom, who was on a surf board with her teenage daughter.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Florida teen nearly lost all the holidays of her life when a shark dragged her from her surfboard. Sydney Levy, 15, suddenly slipped from her board as she paddled with her mom in the Atlantic off New Smyrna Beach. When she managed to climb back on, she noticed her right leg was bloody. Then, the shark struck again, and mom went into action. "It was like a scene out of Jaws where the girl is getting sucked under. I said there is no way this thing is going to kill my daughter,” Valeh Levy told WESH-TV. “I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and threw her on the nose of my board.”

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Ambulances were already waiting on the beach because another teen had just been attacked by another shark. "He kind of spun up. His tail flipped up right in front of me," said Nick Romano, 17, who needed 17 stitches to close a bite in his leg. "I was like, 'I just got bit by a shark.'" Sydney was released yesterday after surgery on her leg. (Read more shark attack stories.)

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