Brutal Shark Attack As Beach Season Gets Underway

( – HAPPENING NOW: A brutal shark attack has severely injured a young Connecticut woman as beach season gets underway with the long holiday weekend signaling the traditional start of summer fun and vacations at the shore.

As USA Today reports about the extremely tragic event:

“A Connecticut woman is in serious condition in a Turks and Caicos hospital after a shark bit off one of her legs, officials announced Wednesday.

“The woman, 22, had been snorkeling with a friend off the coast of the Turks and Caicos islands when the shark attacked her, the Royal Turks and Caicos Police said on social media.

“The attack happened in the waters outside the Blue Haven Resort on the island of Providenciales, part of Turks and Caicos.

“An employee of the resort called for an ambulance around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, and during the call, they indicated the ‘victim had her leg bitten off by a shark,’ law enforcement said on Instagram.” [emphasis added]

While shark attacks are rare, the paper notes that in the United States, “Florida had the most unprovoked shark bites of any state in 2022, with 16 bites.”

The woman remains hospitalized in serious condition, police said.

It is unclear what type of shark was involved in the unprovoked attack.