A young girl has been left with horrific injuries after a suspected shark attack at a Spanish resort that is hugely popular with British tourists. The 11-year-old victim was reportedly swimming in shallow water off the Grao de Moncofa beach, which is near the resort of Benicassim and two hours from Benidorm, when she was mauled.
Lifeguards are said to have desperately tried to stem the flow of blood after her dad rescued her from the water on Saturday. She was rushed to a nearby hospital after the attack with serious injuries to her foot. Local media said the company that provides lifeguards for the area has refused to confirm whether it was a wound caused by a shark, but said they had “never seen anything like it”.
It is thought the animal that bit her could be a type of blue shark measuring between 60 and 70cm. Holidaymakers were told to steer clear of the beach over the weekend but a full-scale evacuation was not carried out because nobody actually saw the animal in the water.