Lydia Ward, a 14-year-old New Zealand girl, escaped serious injury in a shark attack. She furiously beating the shark about the head with her body board until it let go. Ward was in waist-deep water near the southearn city of Invercargill when the shark lunged at her and wrapped its jaws around her hip.


Her mother, Fiona Ward, told the Southland Times that Lydia thought she had stood on the shark before it attacked and that its teeth penetrated her wetsuit and her skin.

Lydia Ward required hospital treatment for two of the deeper wounds, however she was not seriously injured, Fiona Ward said.

The girl’s brother, who was swimming next to her, estimated the shark was about 1.5 metres (5 feet) long.

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