14-year-old boy bitten by shark while at junior lifeguard camp in Florida

The boy's injuries were non-life-threatening, an official said.

July 9, 2024, 1:30 PM

A 14-year-old boy was bitten on the leg by a shark while at a junior lifeguard camp in Florida, according to a local official.

The teen was diving into the water when he landed on the shark at Ponce Inlet in Volusia County around 11:15 a.m. Monday, according to Aaron Jenkins, the deputy chief of Volusia County Beach Safety.

A 14-year-old boy was bitten on the leg by a shark while at a junior lifeguard camp, July 8, 2024, at Flagler Beach, Fla.
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The shark bit the boy on the right calf. The teen was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening lacerations, Jenkins said.

Witnesses said the shark was a blacktip, which is common in the area, Jenkins said.

A 14-year-old boy was bitten on the leg by a shark while at a junior lifeguard camp, July 8, 2024, at Flagler Beach, Fla.
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Two other people were attacked by sharks in Volusia County last week, Jenkins said.

On July 4, a 21-year-old man visiting from Ohio was bitten on the foot while playing football in knee-deep water, Jenkins said.

"Felt like my foot was being stabbed," the victim, Connor Baker, said. "Tried as fast as I could to just get to shore."

His injuries are not life-threatening, Jenkins said.

Then, on July 5, a 26-year-old man from Sarasota, Florida, was bitten on his foot while wading in an inner tube in about 5 feet of water, Jenkins said.

His injuries were also non-life-threatening, Jenkins said.

Click here for what to know about staying safe from sharks.

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