An eyewitness said his pregnant wife, Margot Dukes-Eddy, jumped into the water and helped him get back into the boat in an act of bravery that saved his life.
Eddy and his wife were on a motorboat that day with his family, including his parents, sister and sister’s boyfriend.
The report from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detailed the extraordinary incident in a report, The New York Post reports.
“The dukes saw the shark’s dorsal fin and then blood fill the water,” the report said.
“Dukes, without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat.
Witnesses in the area said they spotted a bull shark measuring up to 9 feet that day, according to the report.
Such incidents in the region are extremely rare and there have only been 17 shark attacks in County Monroe since 1882, according to
This is far less than Volusia County in northern Florida – also known as the “shark bite capital of the world” – where 312 shark attacks have taken place.
“It’s relatively rare,” George Burgess, the retired director of the International Shark Attack File.
Burgess said it was likely Eddy was attacked by a bull shark rather than a tiger shark, as some have speculated.
“Bulls are regular inhabitants of this attack site, tigers less, but they remain common,” Burgess told the newspaper.