shark attack on North Carolina coast

19-year-old who survived shark attack on North Carolina coast to be featured on National Geographic

NEW BERN, N.C. — A 19-year-old who survived a shark attack on the North Carolina coast will be featured in National Geographic’s ninth annual SharkFest.

Paige Winter, of New Bern, North Carolina, was just 17 years old when she lost her left leg and two fingers following a shark attack in Atlantic Beach in 2019.

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Her experience will be featured in the upcoming “Shark Attack Investigation: The Paige Winter Story.” The special will unpack details of Winter’s attack and the inspirational story of how she remains an advocate for sharks.

Shark Attack Investigation: The Paige Winter Story premieres Monday, July 12 at 10/9c on National Geographic and will be streaming on Disney+ beginning July 16.

“These type of things don’t happen a lot, so go out and have fun,” Winter told ABC11’s Steve Daniels. “You’re odds are that you will have a great day.”

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“As long as you have the right people around you, as long as you have that support system, it won’t even feel like anything. As long as you don’t beat yourself down, and it’s okay to have bad days, but as long as you don’t beat yourself down into a hole, you’ll overcome,” Winter said on facing setbacks in life.

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