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Teen Fights off Shark Attacks At Surfside; Attack Happened in Waist-Deep Water

By Staff Writer | June 18, 2013 10:01 AM EDT

Shark attack at Surfside Beach in Texas leave a teen hospitalized, according to published reports. The shark attack at Surfside Beach happened in waist-deep water. A fifteen-year-old boy was bitten on the leg when he was riding his boogie board on Monday afternoon.

The young surfer fought off the shark attack and was able to push the shark off. The teen was wounded on his leg and hand during the shark attack. Police have not identified what kind of shark attacked.

The boy fought back and was able to push the shark off. He suffered wounds on his leg and hand during the attack. He was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital via helicopter. Surfside’s assistant police chief, Gregg Bisso, said that the teen’s injuries were not life-threatening, "He was alert and oriented. He said, 'I'm OK. I can walk."

The boy from Needville, Texas fought back by striking the shark on the head before the shark bit him on his left hand. Bisso said, “He had to get it off him some way and that was probably the best way to do it.”

Bisso said that there hasn’t been a shark attack at Surfside Beach in 25 years, “The most serious injury we get down here is usually a jelly fish sting.” During the past four years there have been two shark attacks in Brazoria County, according to CNN.

George Burgess, the director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Fla., said "Generally speaking, the number of attacks are rare on the Gulf Coast and certainly in comparison to the Atlantic Coast." There have been 37 attacks on the Texas Gulf Coast since 1911. Two of the shark attacks were fatal, a shark attack in Galveston County in 1911 and an attack in Cameron County in 1982.

Surfside Police Department and Emergency Medical Service representative Suandra Monnat, said swimmers should be vigilant even when they stay in shallow waters. Monnat also warned swimmers to stay away from fishermen. She 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.”

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