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Boy, 10, Hurt in Shark Attack

June 10, 2002|Associated Press

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. — A shark bit a 10-year-old boy in the leg Sunday as he played in shallow surf off the Atlantic Coast, authorities said.

Corey Brooks was in stable condition after receiving 125 stitches to close the 8-inch wound on his right calf, said Connie Brigg, spokeswoman for St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach.

Corey, his baby-sitter and her children were at the beach, about 39 miles north of West Palm Beach. Beachgoers were ordered out of the water for a few hours.

After he was bitten, Corey ran out of the water crying, said Lt. John Recca of Martin County Fire-Rescue. "The boy said he thought someone pinched him," he said.

Corey was able to move his leg and toes, Recca said.

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