Boy, 11, bitten by shark off Ormond Beach
Kyle Kirkpatrick needs stitches to close wound, discusses attack
ORLANDO, Fla. – An 11-year-old bitten in the foot by a shark is out of the hospital and spoke with WKMG-TV about how it happened.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon in Ormond Beach while Kyle Kirkpatrick and his father Todd were swimming in the water behind the Maverick Resort.
Kyle Kirkpatrick said he feels lucky he was able to escape a shark bite with just three stitches.
"I was trying to catch a wave and all of a sudden I felt something on my foot and it started hurting. I turned behind me and I'm like what happened and then I see blood everywhere and and my dad picks me up and brings me to shore."
His father quickly scooped him up while holding his leg to stop the bleeding.
"Its terrifying you don't know what's out there. He says a shark bit him, he got blood everywhere, you don't know if the shark's still there, you don't ask questions," says Todd Kirkpatrick.
But Kyle was positive all along about what he saw in the water.
"It was a dark shadow of a shark and it scared me."
Todd says an off-duty paramedic in the area helped put gauze on the wound and called 911. He was taken to a local hospital just down the street. He says his son is lucky.
"He still has his foot, still has full function of it, it could have been much worse."
As for Kyle, he says the shark bite won't keep him on the shore.
"I will go swimming again, but it'll be kind of scary."
Doctors believe it was a baby shark that bit him in the foot.
In 2012, there were eight shark bites in Volusia County, most of them minor.
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