Heartbreaking moment when an off-duty officer saves a young boy boogie boarding in the ocean from a shark swimming “dangerously close” in Florida
- Cocoa Beach police officer Adrian Kosicki saved a young boy from a potential shark attack in Florida on Thursday
- Kosicki was off duty and spent time with family when the incident occurred
- Images showed the shark swimming “dangerously close” to the child
- Kosicki pulled the boogie boarding child out of the water in seconds
- Florida is responsible for most shark attacks in the United States
A Florida police officer on duty heroically jumped into the Atlantic to rescue a boy on a boogie board after a shark was seen “ dangerously close. ”
The poignant moment began when Cocoa Beach police officer Adrian Kosicki and his wife took their dog for a walk at the pier on Thursday evening.
Images shared by Cocoa Beach Police & Fire show a shark fin cutting through the water as it swims towards the young boy.
“Hey buddy! Hey, there’s a shark, ”shouts a witness. ‘There he is!’
Other beachgoers in the background can be heard shouting to warn the boy swimming on a nearby blue boogie board.
Witnesses in Cooca Beach, Florida, saw a shark swimming “ dangerously close ” with a young boogie-boarding boy in the ocean on Thursday
Just seconds before the shark reaches the child, Kosicki falls into the ocean water and the boy quickly begins to drag out.
Witnesses begin to monitor the rescued child as the camera turns back to the ocean. The shark quickly disappeared from view.
The shark species was not immediately clear, however The Brevard Times reports that Cocoa Beach usually sees bull sharks, spinner sharks, little Bonnethead sharks, and Blacktip sharks.
Cocoa Beach police officer Adrian Kosick (left) walked down the pier with his wife and dog when he saw the young boy in danger
Kosick (left) jumped into the water and pulled the boy out as the shark approached quickly
“We are certainly not marine biologists, trained and trained to distinguish between the different shark species, their respective feeding habits and aggressiveness in swimmers.” the Cocoa Beach Fire & Police wrote on Facebook.
“We just do what we do best: protect the public from harm. Thanks to Adrian, we’ll never know what that shark’s intentions were, and that little boy will have a pretty cool story to tell forever. ‘
According to the International Shark Attack File, Florida is responsible for most of the shark attacks in the United States and New Smyrna Beach is considered the shark attack capital of the world.
Florida is responsible for most of the shark attacks in the United States and New Smyrna Beach is considered the shark attack capital in the world
Last year, there were 21 recorded shark attacks in Florida with no fatalities. The largest number of shark attacks in Florida was recorded in 2016 with 32 non-fatal incidents.
Brevard County, which is home to Cocoa Beach, has the second highest number of shark attacks in Florida behind Volusia County, The Brevard Times reports.
Florida experiences the greatest number of shark attacks from July to October, when the summer heat produces warmer water and more human activity.