FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Officials say a Canadian boy was bitten by a shark while vacationing with his family at a Florida beach.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials told news outlets the boy was found Wednesday bleeding with puncture wounds. Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said he was taken in stable condition to a local hospital.
Gollan added lifeguards were doing routine physical training when they heard a loud scream coming from the ocean across from The Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale.
NBC Miami identified the boy as Christian Mariani, who was visiting the area with family members from southern Ontario.
“The shark came and bit my right foot. It almost felt like human teeth and then I ran out screaming,” Mariani said, as reported by NBC Miami. “It was pretty painful, like really painful.”
Shark bites are more common in the summer when more people are in the water and ocean currents bring bait fish closer to shore.