ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Ashley McConnell says it was horrifying to watch blood well up in the water around her brother, Tyler, who was attacked by a shark after falling off a rented personal watercraft in Orange Beach.
She says she and her mother both witnessed the attack on Tuesday.
Orange Beach officials on Tuesday described the attack as a barracuda bite. By Wednesday morning, officials said Baptist Hospital at Pensacola told them that McConnell had been bitten by a shark.
Ashley McConnell credited people on the beach with saving her 20-year-old brother's life. The McConnell family, from Shreveport, La., was vacationing there.
She said her brother was in surgery for three hours, and by late Wednesday was resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery.