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Texas teen fights off shark attack in waist-deep water


June 17, 2013: A medical helicopter responds after a teen is bitten at a South Texas beach. (

A Texas teen is in stable condition after he tore a shark off his leg while swimming in waist-deep water at a beach south of Houston. reports the 15-year-old boy, who was not named, was flown to a local hospital by a medical helicopter after the shark bit him on the leg and hand as he swam with friends from a church group.

Suandra Monnat with the Surfside Police Department and Emergency Medical Service called the teen a "trooper," noting the beach had not seen a shark attack in as many as 20 years.

"This kid felt the shark bite his calf and then literally grabbed the shark and tore it off of him, which is how he got the lacerations on his hand," Monnat told

Emergency officials said the most serious injury they usually deal with at the beach is a jellyfish sting, but said swimmers should still use caution and leave the water if they seem something suspicious. 

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