Spear-Fisher Undaunted After Shark Attack Leaves Tooth in Hand

September 27, 2018 Updated: September 27, 2018

Despite a shark attack that left a tooth lodged into her hand, an American spear-fisher says she won’t be put off heading back into the water.

Maggie Ewing, 31, was airlifted to a Florida hospital on Sept. 24, after she was attacked by a shark during a spear-fishing trip at a favorite spot the Bahamas.

She doesn’t blame the shark for her injuries, saying that it was just going for the fish, not her.

“I think anyone who dives or spearfishes knows there’s an inherent risk is definitely a risk. It’s definitely a risk that I would take again,” she told Fox.

Ewing was at a spot she had been to hundreds of times in the Treasure Cay area of Abaco Island in the Bahamas.

She had speared a fish in a small cove, where it became partially stuck.

She freed her spear, but as she was scanning the ocean around her for sharks, she suddenly felt a pain in her left hand. A shark had swung in over her left shoulder and latched its teeth into her hand.

The shark released her fairly quickly, but not before inflicting significant injury.

She was flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

Hand shows shark tooth cuts
Maggie Ewing’s hand after surgery reveals multiple shark tooth cuts from an attack on a spearfishing trip in the Bahamas on Sept. 24, 2018. (Fox/Screenshot)

A surgeon described how multiple rows of teeth had cut into the top of her hand.

An X-ray shows a shark’s tooth lodged in one of her fingers.

X-ray of shark tooth in finger
An X-ray shows a shark tooth left in Maggie Ewing’s finger after a shark attack on a spearfishing trip in the Bahamas, on Sept. 24, 2018. (Fox/Screenshot)

But doctors believe she will regain full use of her hand, according to Fox.

According to local reports, it was the first shark attack in the Treasure Cay area this year.

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