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Shark attack survivor continues her fight

Addison Bethea
Posted at 11:39 AM, Jul 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-15 09:50:16-04

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In Taylor County, an event is being organized for Addison according to the Fight Like Addison Facebook page.

The benefit will be held August 27 outside at the Forrest Capital Hall in Perry, Florida.

Organizers are asking for a $25 donation for each vendor and for a donation of proceeds for Addison. Spaces will be no bigger than 12x12.

Cards can also be sent to Addison at:

Addison Bethea
100 Plantation Rd.
Perry, Fla. 32348

Update, July 7:

According to the "Fight Like Addison" Facebook Page, Addison is doing well after surgery and was able to make it down the hallway.

Update, July 6:

According to the "Fight Like Addison" Facebook page, Addison is out of surgery and it was a success.

Addison Bethea is undergoing her third surgery Wednesday at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after being attacked by a shark on June 30.

According to the hospital, she will require "amputation just above the right knee."

Bethea was scalloping near Grassy Island near Keaton Beach when she was attacked by what was described as a 9-foot shark.

She said while the shark was latched onto her leg, she tried to fight back, her brother even jumping in the water—helping beat the shark off her.

Once out of the water, Bethea's father Shane says her brother, who is a fire fighter/ First Responder boated them back to Keaton Beach where she was airlifted to Tallahassee.

TMH originally stated Bethea would have her leg amputated on Tuesday, but the surgery was then pushed to Wednesday morning.

ABC 27 will continue to update this story.


  • GoFundMe
  • Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union in Perry and Madison, Florida
    An account has been created in Addison's name. You can also mail a check to Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union, 1825 S Jefferson Street, Perry, Florida 32348, please remember to write Addison Bethea in the memo.