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Pregnant wife of man attacked by shark in Florida ‘jumped in to save him’

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The pregnant wife of a man attacked by a shark in the USA jumped into the bloody water to rescue him, it has emerged.

The pregnant wife of a man attacked by a shark in the USA jumped into the bloody water with "no hesitation" to rescue him.

Atlanta man Charles Eddy, 30, was snorkelling near the Sombraro Key Light, offshore of Vaca Key in Marathon, in the Florida Keys, when he was attacked yesterday.

His pregnant wife Margot Dukes-Eddy was on a motorboat when she saw the shark attack, and put her life on the line to jump in and try to save him after the three-metre apex predator latched on to his shoulder.

"Dukes saw the shark's dorsal fin and then blood filling the water," Sheriffs Deputy Christopher Aguanno wrote according to the Miami Herald.

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Sombrero Beach in Marathon on the Florida Keys, where the shark attack happened.

"Dukes, without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat."

The couple were with Ms Dukes-Eddy's parents, her sister and her sister's boyfriend at the time.

The family had been swimming in the same location only moments before the attack.

A medical helicopter flew Mr Eddy to hospital in Miami for treatment.

Bull Shark

His condition is not known.

The sheriff's office earlier said it received information from other boaters about a bull shark in the area where the attack happened.

Witnesses described the shark to be between 2.8 and three metres long.

The Florida Keys is a popular holiday and tourist destination, however the area is also a shark attack hotspot.

Last year, Florida had the most reported unprovoked shark attacks according to the Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary.

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Of the 64 unprovoked attacks worldwide, 21 of them were in Florida.

Source: 9News

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