Surfer: 'I've never seen a shark get that aggressive'
The shark "proceeded to continue to attack all the way from the outer bar to the beach," surfer Tim Dicus said.
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DESTIN, Florida (CNN) -- Tim Dicus was surfing about 200 yards off Florida's Panhandle on Saturday, when he heard the screams of a shark attack.
A shark -- about eight-feet long -- ripped open the left leg of a 14-year-old girl who was swimming with her friend. On Sunday, Dicus described for CNN's Drew Griffin his desperate, yet failed, attempt to save the girl's life, while the shark continued to attack them both on his surf board.
DICUS: I was about 200 yards out, just past the second sand bar, when I heard the scream. I turned around and saw one of the girls swimming towards the beach frantically and the other one had disappeared and there was a big dark spot where she used to be in the water.
GRIFFIN: And you have a nine-foot long surf board. You went right to that blood pool to find her? And when you brought her up on the board, what condition was she in?
DICUS: She was unconscious when I got to the blood pool. So I tried to pull her from the water -- the shark had made an attack when I was trying to get her out of the water. But it gave me enough time to get her on to the board once he had to come back around to make another attack.
He proceeded to continue to attack all the way from the outer bar to the beach.
GRIFFIN: Your feeling is, this shark was actually feeding or biting continuously.
DICUS: Yeah, he was really aggressive. I've been here a long time and I've never seen a shark get that aggressive.
GRIFFIN: How far were these people out there?
DICUS: Way too far. It was at least 200 yards out probably from here.
GRIFFIN: And you had warned other people not to be out that far for this reason?
DICUS: Exactly this reason.
GRIFFIN: You got her to shore, you saw her injuries, tell us what you saw.
DICUS: She was hurt really bad. It looked like she was going to at least lose her leg. The damage on her left leg was really extensive, and I didn't know whether she'd gone into shock -- but she'd pretty much stopped bleeding by the time I got her to the beach -- so I didn't know how we were going to do, saving her."
GRIFFIN: At any time did you think you were in danger or the other rescuers that actually came out into the water were in danger?
DICUS: The only time I really felt like I was in danger was when I was in the blood pool. Because I had no idea where it was, but I knew it knew exactly where I was. So that was the scariest part -- till I got out of the blood pool -- that was really spooky.
GRIFFIN: And the other fellows, they came into the water to help you?
DICUS: Yeah. They were as nervy as I was 'cause they got waist- deep out there with him. At least I was up on a surf board and they were in there with him.
GRIFFIN: You've been out here surfing since 1988, have you ever seen a shark out here that big, that close?
GRIFFIN: It was about 11 feet long they're telling us.
DICUS: I'd say eight feet -- but yeah. I've seen nine- to 10-foot sharks out here.
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