Rescuer recalls using boogie board string to save victim’s life

OAK ISLAND, NC (GMA) — A beachgoer who helped save the 12-year-old girl mauled by a shark says she used strings from a boogie board and a tent to help save the girl’s life.

Marie Hildreth was playing football in the ocean on Sunday with family members when she says a woman came running to tell them to get out of the water because of a shark.

Hildreth, a paramedic for almost 12 years, saw the 12-year-old girl injured on the beach and quickly jumped into help.

“I think in the pictures you can see the boogie board at her head,” Hildreth said today on “Good Morning America.” “I used the string from that and then somebody took string from one of their tents and gave that to me for her leg until we could get fire on scene.”

“I … stopped the hemorrhaging from two of the limbs and then I basically just kind of stabilized her, got an IV from somebody in the crowd, got her some fluids and waited for fire and EMS to show up,” she said.

The girl, whose family has asked that her name not be released, suffered two bites, authorities said.

Click here to see more from Good Morning America.

Click here to hear more from first responders at the second shark attack scene.

Categories: Brunswick, News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *