SURFSIDE, TX – After no shark attacks in Texas in 2012, the first shark attack in Texas in 2013 occurred yesterday in Surfside, Texas. A 15 year old boy was in waist high water when a shark bit his leg, with type of shark still being unknown at this point. The brave teenager was able to tear the shark off his leg, and in the process received lacerations on his hand. He was rushed to the hospital in Houston via helicopter, and we are awaiting an update on his condition. One of the potential reasons for more sharks in Surfside, TX, may be the fact that there are more fisherman in the area as of late, and due to the weather. It is recommended not to swim or surf near fisherman as there may be an increased levels of sharks present due to the bait.
The EMT onsite said: “I hope this teenager grows up to be a cop and gets my back,” EMT Zuandra Monnat told KTRK. “He fought off this shark. It bit his leg and he literally tore this shark off of him and that’s how he got the lacerations to his hands.”
“They’ve had shark attacks on the county beach and in Freeport, but here in Surfside, this is the first one in 25, 30 years,” Surfside Assistant Police Chief Gregg Bisso said.
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Upadate: The surfside shark attack victim is identified as 15 year old Garrett Sebesta, who underwent his first of many surgeries on Monday night. Garret’s mother told the local news that he has severe nerve damage in his hand a large portion of his calf is missing from the shark bit. Sebesta seemed to be conscious while on the stretcher, and appeared calm and not in pain when being transported to the helicopter. The life flight helicopter rushed him to the hospital to make sure that Garrett would have the best chance to have his injured hand repaired. There is a fundraiser to help cover his medical costs and urge you to contribute.
UPDATE 2: Dallas man stung in ankle by stingray very close to the area that the teenage boy was attacked by a shark one day earlier at Surfside Beach: More news coming out of Surfside Beach, TX. Only a day after the shark attack in Surfside TX, a man from Dallas was stung by a stingray on his ankle near the shark attack spot on the beach. The man stepped on the stingray, and the stingray stung him. He was taken to the hospital in what appeared to be a private car to have the barb removed. The stingray attack took place around 6:45 on Tuesday.
Surfside police officers, who also are paramedics, applied first aid and cleaned the wound, and the beachgoer was taken by private auto to an area hospital to have the barb removed.