GALVESTON, Texas – A 6-year-old girl is recovering after she was bitten by a shark off a popular Galveston beach.
The girl was with her father and brother were on their way back to shore on Pirate's Beach when the shark bit her around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"The father heard the daughter scream, she was in knee-deep water, she was in a little ring tube and he looked over and saw the white underbelly of a shark, said it was about the same size as her, 3 to 4 feet," said Peter Davis with Galveston Beach Patrol.
Her father was able to pull her away from the shark and get her to shore. Then a good Samaritan stepped in, tying a tourniquet around her leg with a dog leash. She was rushed to UTMB for surgery and is expected to be OK.
Galveston Island Beach Patrol said the girl and her family were on vacation from Kerrville.
The beach remained open. Davis said their best advice is to stay away from rip currents and jetties, as well as schooling fish -- something the family said they noticed in the water.
It’s the first shark bite in Galveston since October 2015 when a 13-year-old boy was bitten after swimming about 25 yards offshore. He was surrounded by a school of fish.