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NC woman says she punched shark to survive attack

By WCTI Staff
Published On: May 09 2014 03:50:57 PM CDT
Updated On: May 09 2014 10:11:23 PM CDT

Credit: @BigDaddyMville

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

A North Carolina mother said she survived a shark attack in South Carolina waters by punching the fish.

CLICK HERE: Uncensored photos of Popp's injuries. WARNING: IMAGES ARE GRAPHIC.
Photos posted by Jim Popp @BigDaddyMville.

According to The Island Packet, Kimberly Popp, of Mooresville, N.C., was wading in knee-deep water at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island Tuesday afternoon. That was when she felt something clamp down on her foot.

Popp, 40, told The Island Packet she lifted her leg, only to see a 5-foot-long shark as wide as her shoulders from fin to fin. Popp told the newspaper she then punched the shark in the nose.

Popp said the shark released its hold on her foot, which suffered deep cuts near the ankle and across the sole.

Popp's 4-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son were also swimming in the water, The Island Packet reports. They were not hurt.

According to The Island Packet, Popp must use crutches for two weeks.

Popp's husband, Jim Popp, the general manager of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, tweeted the following message under his Twitter handle, @BigDaddyMville:

"My Super Hero wife Kim, mother of 6, sweet as honey, tougher than steel. Bit by shark in HHI. Odds: 1 in 11.5 million."