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Shark Attacks Woman Tubing in Florida Inlet

A 22-year-old woman was bitten by what officials think may have been a shark Sunday in Fort Lauderdale.

The woman, Jessica Vaughn, was inner tubing with a friend at the Intracoastal Waterway near Bayshore Drive around 2 p.m., according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

Vaughn was in the water when she felt something on her leg and then felt a fin hit her face, officials said.

"I turned around when I heard the splash and I seen the fin caught her in the face," friend Nick Russo said.

Image: 22-year-old Jessica Vaughn was bit by what officials think may have been a shark Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fl
22-year-old Jessica Vaughn was bitten by what officials think may have been a shark Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. NBC Miami

Vaughn's friend told her to get back on the boat, and when she did, that's when she saw what appeared to be a large bite mark on her leg, according to officials.

"One side is all cut in and the other side you can see the teeth marks, I mean it's a full, full bite mark," friend Kyle Branston said.

They made it back to 511 Bayshore Drive where they began yelling for help and someone nearby called 911.

Vaughn was taken to Broward General Hospital for treatment.

"She's doing good. she's out of surgery, some muscle and tendon damage but they repaired everything and some stitches and she'll be alright," boyfriend Peter Hogge said.

The 22 year old is expected to make a full recovery. She doesn't have insurance, but thanks to social media, her friends set up an account to help pay for her expenses.