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14-year-old boy attacked by shark at Florida lifeguard camp



A 14-year-old boy was attacked by a shark while at a lifeguard training camp in Florida this week.

The incident occurred at Ponce Inlet in Volusia County around 11:15 a.m. Monday when the boy dove into the water and landed on top of the shark.

The boy was bitten on the right calf and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries which required stitches, Volusia County Beach Safety said on Tuesday.

Witnesses reported the shark was a blacktip.

Jenkins said two other people were attacked by sharks in the county last week. Both of their injuries were non-life-threatening.

There were more than 100 confirmed shark attacks worldwide in 2023, with fatalities higher than the average for the past five years, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File.

Nearly half of the U.S. attacks happened in Florida where Volusia County has been called the “shark bite capital of the world.”

In late June, pro surfer and actor Tamayo Perry died in a shark attack off Hawaii’s island of Oahu.

On the Fourth of July, four separate shark attacks were reported off the coast of South Padre Island in Texas.

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