Delaware beaches closed after possible shark bite incident

Beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware were closed to surfers and swimmers on Thursday afternoon in light of a possible shark attack that took place earlier in the day.

Around 1 p.m., an unidentified boy, 12, was surfing near Cape Henlopen State Park and suffered puncture wounds to one of his legs, Delaware Online reported.

He was reportedly transported to a local hospital, according to The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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State officials said it was originally reported as a shark bite but the case is still being examined by experts to find out what actually happened.

People are not allowed to be knee-deep in the water around the Cape Henlopen bathhouse, and Park Rangers and lifeguards will be on patrol making sure citizens are abiding by the guidelines, Deleware Online reported.

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Officials also said shark attacks are a rare occurrence in the area, with the last one taking place in June 2014.