Four students from Armstrong Aeronautical University were involved in a boating accident, after their ship sprung a leak.
Randy Cohen, Christy Wapniarski, Daniel Perrin, and Tammy Ennis were sailing in a 16-foot catamaran, when at about 5 pm the boat sprung a leak and later capsized.
The four hung on to one of the boats pontoons through the night, as none had a life vest on.
When morning came they decided to swim for shore, which was four miles away.
Cohen was about twenty feet in front of Wapniarski, when he heard her call out for help, saying that a shark had attacked her. Cohen called to Ennis for help, but she yelled back, “Randy, don’t go back there, you’ll get eaten too.”
By the time Cohen had swam back to Wapniarski, she was unconscious, and he could see no sign of a shark.
He put his arms around her shoulders and started swimming back to shore.
Perrin, who had been swimming behind the other three, caught up with Cohen and checked Wapniarski’s pulse. He told Cohen she was dead, but Cohen refused to leave her behind.
He swam for another 10-15 minutes, before he became to exhausted to carry her any longer.
Six hours later the students made it back to shore.
Cohen was admitted to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida, with injuries from being stung by dozens of Portuguese Man-of-Wars.
This information is from Cohen, who was interviewed at the hospital.