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Off-Duty Police Officer Saves Boy From Shark Attack

He was in the right place at the right time.

Summer is the season most of us look forward to for so many reasons. Going to the beach is one of them. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are still going to beaches and trying to have some kind of a “normal” summer. Risky as it is, some are respecting social distancing rules. Sharks, however, do not follow those rules. One in particular almost attacked a young boy at Cocoa Beach in Florida. Fortunately, an off duty Florida police officer was there to step in and save him.

According to a source at, Adrian Kosicki was walking his dog on the beach with his wife when he quickly stepped in and saved the boy, who was seconds away from potentially being attacked. The boy was boogie boarding in the shallow waters and other people on the beach saw the shark and called to the boy but Kosicki jumped in and actually saved him. Recording things on our cell phones seems to be more important than actually saving people and stepping in to stop whatever it is from happening.

This Really Was A Close Call
Daily Buzz. Off Duty Florida Police Officer Saves Young Boy From Shark Attack. July 19, 2020. Retrieved via
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How crazy is that? The person filming it was more interested in getting the video than actually doing what Kosicki did. Lucky for that boy someone finally stepped in. After being checked out by local police and fire departments, the boy is fine and has a story to tell of what almost happened, not what did happen.

Cocoa Beach Police and Fire had this to say about the incident and about the shark sightings in the area.

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.”

Cocoa Beach Police and Fire Departments

It is unclear what kind of shark it was but Cocoa Beach is known for having “bull sharks, spinner sharks, blacktip sharks, and small bonnethead sharks” ( 2). That’s a lot of options but the fact that the boy was as close as he was to one and walked away unharmed is a big deal. He is so lucky Officer Kosicki was there and stepped in to save him when the others wouldn’t. He probably didn’t hear the others calling to him and definitely didn’t see the shark at all. The current wasn’t that strong, anyone else could have done what the officer did. But gotta get that footage for the Gram was more important I guess. Well, keep staying safe everyone and wear those masks!

Featured Image: Seeley, Michael. Cocoa Beach, FL. December 16, 2012. Retrieved via

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Hi! I'm Amber. Cars, food, TV, books, and writing are all things I enjoy. Put me on a beach somewhere and I'll be the happiest version of myself. Thanks for reading my articles, enjoy! :)

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