A shark attack at Surfside Beach has swimmers in Texas on edge.
According to CNN, a 15-year-old was riding his boogie board at Surfside Beach when he was attacked on Monday afternoon. The teen was in waist-deep water when the shark bit him on the leg.
The boy fought back and was able to push the shark off. He suffered wounds on his leg and hand during the attack and was taken to a nearby hospital via helicopter. Gregg Bisso, Surfside’s assistant police chief, said that the boy’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Bisso said: “He had to get it off him some way and that was probably the best way to do it.”
Police have not identified what type of shark was involved in the attack.
Bisso said that there hasn’t been a shark attack at Surfside Beach in 25 years. CNN reports that there have been two in Brazoria County, however, during the past four years.
Bisso said: “The most serious injury we get down here is usually a jelly fish sting,”
Suandra Monnat, with the Surfside Police Department and Emergency Medical Service, warned swimmers to be vigilant while swimming in the ocean even when staying in shallow waters. Monnat also said that it was a good idea to stay clear of fishermen.
Monat said: “Try not to swim near fishermen. That’s one thing because they have all their bait around them, and if you see something suspicious get out of the water.”