Boy injured in possible Destin shark attack

William Hatfield

Firefighters believe a shark bit a boy in the arm while he was wading in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a younger male about knee deep in the surf, and he appeared to have what seemed consistent with a shark bite,” Capt. Mark Hutchinson said. “It was not an amputation, but a pretty significant sized laceration.”

The boy was bitten in the right forearm behind Silver Beach Towers about 3:35 p.m. The victim was 10 to 12 years old, Hutchinson said. He was taken by ambulance to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Hutchinson said the boy was in good spirits and was accompanied by his parents.

The victim was not identified.

“He never lost consciousness and he was able to talk to us the whole time,” Hutchinson said.

It was the first incident of its kind for Hutchinson, who has worked for the Destin Fire Control District for 17 years.

A shark attack was reported in Pensacola last month when a man was bitten in the foot while swimming in 10- to 12-feet of water. A 7-year-old boy was injured Sept. 25 in Panama City Beach when he received puncture wounds and a gash on his ankle while wading in shallow waters.

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