OCEAN CITY, Md. - A 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl suffered injuries after a suspected shark attack in Maryland that left her with 42 stitches for 20 cuts, family members said.
Jordan Prushinski and her family told WBRE-TV that they were on vacation Monday at the beach in Ocean City when Jordan went into knee-deep water. She was swimming with her family when she limped out of the water bleeding from the leg.
"I didn’t really realize what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere," Jordan told the station.
Her mother, Melissa Prushinski, said other beachgoers, including an EMT and a nurse, helped give Jordan first aid.
With the help of a lifeguard, they cleaned and bandaged the wound, and Jordan’s family took her to Atlantic General Hospital.
Captain Butch Arbin of Ocean City Beach Patrol said Thursday they believe a small sandbar shark bit Jordan on the surf. Beach Patrol made the conclusion after an investigation in which they consulted the Department of Natural Resources.
They said the pattern of the bite matches that of a sand bar shark, which is native to the area.