The Cocoa Beach Police Department is praising one of its own after off-duty cop Adrian Kosicki rushed into the water and pulled a young boy away from a rapidly approaching shark. Kosicki had been out for an evening stroll along the beach when the incident occurred.
In cell phone video footage posted to Facebook, a man can be heard shouting to the boy warning him about the oncoming shark. As the shark's fins are seen coming within one or two feet from the boy, Kosicki enters the water and pulls the boy up to the safety of 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."