Shark bit boy recounts incident to TV reporter; 'I thought I was going to die'

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.

An 11-year-old boy won't let a little thing like a shark bite keep him from swimming in the ocean, although he told a television news reporter he might be a bit scared when he goes back into the water.

Kyle Kirkpatrick said he saw the dark shadow of the shark that bit him Monday afternoon while he was swimming in the ocean with his father behind the Maverick Resort in Ormond Beach.

Kirkpatrick said he was trying to catch a wave when he felt something on his right foot. He looked back and saw blood in the water.

"I thought I was going to die," Kirkpatrick told a reporter from WKMG Local 6 News in Orlando after the incident.

His father, Todd Kirkpatrick said he took his son in his arms and carried him from the water.

"It was terrifying," Todd Kirkpatrick said to the reporter. "He said he got bitten by a shark. You don't know if the shark is still out there and you don't ask questions."

The family went to Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, where hospital spokeswoman Lindsay Rew said the boy was treated and released Monday.

Messages left for the family at their hotel Tuesday went unreturned.

Capt. Tammy Marris of Volusia County Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue said Monday she had very little information about the incident, which occurred about 3:40 p.m.

"They were gone by the time we arrived on the scene," she said.

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