|Published: 10:49 AM, 10/09/2013
||Last updated: 10:49 AM, 10/09/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
A Madisonville family's vacation turned
into a nightmare over the weekend.
Twelve-year-old Zachary Tyke Standridge
was wading in knee-deep water with his cousin on Saturday around 3:30
p.m. at Silver Beach Towers in Destin, Fla. when his mother heard him
scream. The seventh-grader at Madisonville Middle School ran towards
her cradling his lower arm, yelling he had been bit by a shark.
"It just didn't seem real," Zachary's mother Katie Standridge told The Advocate & Democrat. "He yelled, 'Mom, shark!' and ran up to me and I saw the blood all
over his arm."
The family had just arrived at Silver
Beach Towers a few hours before, quickly unpacking then heading down
to the beach.
"We'd only been on the beach for
maybe 30 minutes," said Katie. "It was rip tide because of the
storm so we were only just walking out. When Zachary squatted down,
it's like the shark just jumped up at his arm. It was so fast, like a
Zachary had two bite marks to his lower
right arm, which Katie described as "going in two different
directions." Doctors later confirmed that the bite was consistent
with a shark attack.
WEAR ABC, the ABC affiliate for
Northwest Florida and South Alabama, said that witnesses described
the shark that bit Zachary as being about four-feet long.
See full story in the Wednesday, Oct. 9, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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