Teen repels shark with punch after bite

Story highlights

  • The blacktip shark bit the 14-year-old boy at a Volusia County, Florida, beach, officials say
  • The boy had been surfing with friends, and he paddled back to shore after punching the shark
  • He had some "pretty significant lacerations" on his left hand and was taken to a hospital

(CNN)A blacktip shark bit a teenager at a Volusia County, Florida, beach Sunday, local officials told CNN.

The 14-year-old boy was surfing with four friends at New Smyrna Beach and paddling out when he encountered the 4- or 5-foot-long blacktip shark, a species common in the area, Volusia County Beach Safety spokesman Capt. Aaron Jenkins said.
The shark bit the teen "on the left hand and he punched it away and it only bit him one time," Jenkins said. "And then he turned around and paddled to shore and he flagged down one of the beach safety officers and they treated him on scene."
    Jenkins said the boy had some "pretty significant lacerations" and was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
    "He was transported just in case. We don't know this for certain, but with the nature of the serious lacerations, he may be looking at ligament damage," Jenkins added.