Charlie Winter is a devoted dad who would do anything for his kids. He’d throw himself in front a train â€” and even a shark.
That’s exactly what the North Carolina dad did Sunday when his 17-year-old daughter, Paige, was attacked by a shark in Atlantic Beach at Fort Macon State Park. The heroic dad punched the shark five times to save his daughter’s life.
â€œThey were standing in waist-deep water and chatting and then Paige suddenly got pulled under,â€ close family friend Brandon Bersch told TODAY Parents. As soon as Charlie realized what was happening, he jumped into action and began striking the shark on the nose. â€œCharlie wouldnâ€™t stop until it released his little girl,â€ Brandon said. â€œHe lives for his children.”
Charlie, a veteran firefighter and paramedic, immediately knew the extent of Paigeâ€™s trauma and began applying pressure on her leg while hurrying back to shoreline. â€œHe remained calm the entire time,â€ Bersch told TODAY Parents. â€œPaige is alive today because of her father.â€
Paige was airlifted 80 miles to Greenvilleâ€™s Vidant Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery including a leg amputation. The high school junior, who also suffered severe trauma to both of her hands, has a long road ahead. (A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover Paigeâ€™s medical expenses.) â€œPaige has more surgeries upcoming, but she’s really optimistic,” Bersch revealed. “As soon as Paige woke up at the hospital, she made a comment about how she doesnâ€™t have animosity toward sharks and she still loves the sea.â€ …
Bowling applauds how Charlie handled a terrifying situation. â€œHitting a shark in the snout or the gills is the best defense if you are being attacked,â€ he told TODAY Parents. â€œHe absolutely did the right thing.â€
In 2013, Charlie rescued a then 2-year-old boy from a home that was fully engulfed in flames. His act of heroism earned him the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US National Firefighter Award. As Bersch told TODAY Parents, “Charlie is the bravest man I know
04 Jun 2019