Shark bites teenage boy at seashore
Brevard County -- A teenage boy was bitten by a shark Saturday afternoon while swimming near a beach at the Canaveral National Seashore, authorities said.
The boy, who was not identified, was taken by helicopter to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children after authorities determined the bite was severe.
The boy was bitten on his left calf, said Orlando Dominguez, a spokesman for Brevard County Fire-Rescue. It appeared the shark took the boy's leg into its mouth, bit and scraped down the leg and released, Dominguez said.
The bite happened about 1 p.m. at Playalinda Beach, near Titusville, when the boy was swimming with his mother. His mother told authorities she saw him go under the water to his neck and then he screamed.
He was taken to Parrish Medical Center in Titusville by ambulance and later transported to Orlando in stable condition.
Amy C. Rippel and Martin E. Comas of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.
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