Pennsylvania girl injured in suspected shark attack in Ocean City, Maryland

Family members say she suffered injuries after a suspected shark attack that left her with 42 stitches for 20 cuts.
OCEAN CITY, Maryland (WPVI) -- A 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl suffered injuries after a suspected shark attack in Maryland that left her with 42 stitches for 20 cuts, family members said.

Jordan Prushinski and her family of Plains Township, Luzerne County told WBRE-TV that they were on vacation Monday at the beach in Ocean City when Jordan went into knee-deep water. She was swimming with her family when she limped out of the water bleeding from the leg.

"I didn't really realize what was going on until I was on the beach and I was bleeding everywhere," Jordan told the station.

Her mother, Melissa Prushinski, said other beachgoers, including an EMT and a nurse, helped give Jordan first aid.

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With the help of a lifeguard, they cleaned and bandaged the wound, and Jordan's family took her to Atlantic General Hospital.

"We still don't know what kind of shark it was. The ER doctor confirmed it was a shark bite because no other animal makes this type of bite," Jordan's mother said.

The Executive Director of the Shark Research Institute told WBRE-TV it was likely a blacktip shark.

The town of Ocean City says officials are consulting experts and aren't ruling out marine life.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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