In March, Valeh Levy and her daughter were paddling their surfboards in the waters off Smyrna Beach, Florida, when a shark pulled daughter Sydney, 15, into the murky depths—twice.
Levy’s quick response likely saved her daughter’s life. She later told local news reporters that she said to herself, “There’s no way this thing is going to kill my daughter.” Levy grabbed Sydney’s shoulders, pulled her up, and threw her on the nose of her board.
The shark circled Levy and her daughter until two nearby surfers responded to their screams and helped them to shore. Fortuitously, an ambulance was already at the scene due to another shark attack that occurred at the same beach, only hours before.
The girl was rushed into surgery and released a few hours later.
(Photo: CBS News)