Video: Off-duty cop pulls kid away from shark

A young boy was boogie-boarding in the shallows when a shark made a beeline for him


By Suzie Ziegler 

COCOA BEACH, Fla. — A boy’s close encounter with a shark and a Florida cop’s quick actions were caught on video last week, earning the officer praise from the Cocoa Beach Police Department. 

Officer Adrian Kosicki was off-duty and walking on the beach Thursday evening when he saw a boy on a boogie board being approached by a shark. In a bystander’s cellphone video, a man can be heard calling out to the boy to warn him of the shark as the shark’s fin cuts through the water. Kosicki enters the water, just as the shark gets within a couple of feet, and pulls the boy to the beach. 

“We’re certainly not marine biologists, educated and trained to differentiate between the various species of sharks, their respective feeding habits, and aggressiveness near swimmers. We just do what we do best—protect the public from harm,” the department wrote. “Thanks to Adrian, we’ll never know what that shark’s intentions were, and that little boy will forever have a pretty cool story to tell.” 

 

OFFICER PULLS BOY FROM CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH SHARK Cocoa Beach Police Officer Adrian Kosicki was off-duty Thursday evening, July 16, walking on the beach with his wife near the pier when they noticed a shark approaching a small boy on a boogie board. Adrian made the decision to quickly enter the water and pull the boy from the surf as the shark began to get dangerously close, within only a couple of feet at its nearest distance. We’re certainly not marine biologists, educated and trained to differentiate between the various species of sharks, their respective feeding habits, and aggressiveness near swimmers. 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 forever have a pretty cool story to tell. Great job!💪🦈

Posted by Cocoa Beach Police & Fire on Friday, 17 July 2020

 

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