GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A 13-year-old West Texas boy has been hospitalized after a shark bit him in the back of his feet and hands while he was wading along a Galveston beach.
The Galveston Island Beach Patrol says the incident happened about 10 a.m. Monday as the Odessa boy and his brother waded in waist-deep Gulf waters near the 37th Street jetty.
Lt. Kara Harrison told the Houston Chronicle the pair reported feeling a school of fish swirl their legs when the 13-year-old was bitten by a 4-to-5-foot-long shark.
Beach patrol said the brothers were hit by a big wave knocking them down before the attack occurred. The older brother heard his brother scream and jumped into action punching the shark in the side.
“I saw the entire shark, I hit it and we swam to shore,” said Bobby Anderson, the shark attack victims brother.
Harrison said the boy’s foot was bandaged before he was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she said he “definitely is going to need stitches.”