Terrifying footage shows newlywed bride attacked by shark during Caribbean honeymoon swim

17:51 • 12.12.17



A Caribbean honeymoon nearly turned into a medical nightmare when a newlywed bride was almost mauled by a shark.

Sarah Illig said that she's lucky to still have her arm after she went swimming with the predators as part of a resort attraction at her hotel.


"I felt a whoosh of water, something clamped down on my arm and I assumed my husband was playing a prank on me.”


Footage of the incident captured by her husband, Evan Carroll, shows Illig recoil almost immediately in pain, swimming away as quickly as possible from the marine animal.


"Less than a second later I realized how much it hurt and looked past where my goggles were blocking my side vision to see the shark (bigger than myself) latched on to my arm.'"'I pulled away and got out of there," she added.  


Carroll, who works as a real estate agent in Charleston, South Carolina, posted pictures of the bloody aftermath to social media on Monday, showing where the predator had sunk its teeth.


Illig later posted the footage captured on camera to her Facebook and Instagram, appearing to take the incident in stride.


Friends and curious spectators almost immediately posted questions to the shark-bitten bride, with one person asking if she lost any skin.


“Yes! If we were home we would have gotten some stitches but it worked out not getting them!,' Illig wrote. 


“Only had a bunch of flesh wounds along my arm. We were worried about staph or another infection but it's healing great!”

  Sarah Illig (Pictured) said that she's lucky to still have her arm after a shark bit into her arm

Illig said that she's lucky to still have her arm following the incident, which occurred while she was on her honeymoon in the Caribbean 

Her husband, Evan Caroll, captured the attack on camera, which shows Illig recoil in pain

The sharks are a popular attraction at a number of Caribbean resorts and rarely bite humans unless provoked 





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