The family set out to explore the marine life of the Sombrero Reef in the Florida Keys, the 125-mile-long chain of islands that begins just south of Miami.
With several other people from nearby boats already swimming in the water, 30-year-old Andrew Eddy didn’t hesitate to jump in. Almost immediately after entering the water, a shark — described by witnesses as an 8- to 10-foot bull shark — slammed into Eddy and latched onto his shoulder, according to witnesses.
Dukes-Eddy, watching from the boat, immediately sprang into action.
As Deputy Christopher Aguanno wrote in his report for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, she “saw the shark’s dorsal fin and then blood filling the water,” and “without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat.”
Dukes-Eddy has not responded to a request for comment.
There was no one “fishing or chumming” the water where the group was snorkeling and there were no other reported injuries, Aguanno confirmed.