CERRITOS, Calif. (KTLA) — A Southern California woman was recovering at home on Wednesday, a week after being attacked by a tiger shark off Maui.
Evonne Cashman, 56, of Cerritos, was snorkeling off a beach in Wailea.
She was in only 10 feet of water when she suddenly felt something sharp and strong grab her, she said.
“I must have had my hands up in front of my face. I think my head was above water, if I remember correctly,” Cashman said.
“I don’t know because it happened so fast. I didn’t see him coming. I didn’t see him leave,” she said.
The shark’s sharp teeth tore through her chin, her hands and her back.
“I saw my hands bleeding, I knew my back was not in good shape,” Cashman said.
“Then I just started swimming and swimming. I knew I needed to get help as fast as I could,” she said.
The retired teacher finally reached other snorkelers, who pulled her to shore and put pressure on her wounds until an ambulance arrived.
She had to undergo surgery and required 40 stitches on her back.
Experts estimated the tiger shark was about 12 feet long, but the doctor who performed Cashman’s surgery thought it was twice that big.
When asked if she would go snorkeling again, Cashman said yes.