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Witness describes moments teen was bitten by possible shark in Orange Beach

(WPMI) Teenager possibly bitten by shark near Orange Beach
(WPMI) Teenager possibly bitten by shark near Orange Beach

A teen is recovering after he was possibly bitten by a shark in Orange Beach Friday.

Orange Beach Fire-Rescue officials said they can't confirm it was a shark bite, but it does look similar.

According to fire officials, it happened near the Phoenix 4 condos.

Arkansas resident Corey Edwards witnessed the frantic moments as the 14-year-old boy was bitten by something in the Gulf of Mexico.

"I saw a fin, and it just stayed up. I said, 'Man, that don't look right.' About that time, I heard a boy hollering, and people started screaming and going on," said Edwards.

Orange Beach Fire-Rescue officials said the 911 call came in around 1:20 p.m.

When first responders arrived, they found the teen bleeding from lacerations to his foot.

The injuries, officials said, looked similar to a shark bite.

"I saw the emergency people coming back by, and I could see a guy had towels wrapped around his leg. So they pulled him out here. They pulled the ambulance down here. It looked like," Edwards said.

Officials said surf-rescue crews controlled the bleeding with the towels until the teen could be loaded into the ambulance.

Helicopters also scanned the waters for any sign of a shark.

The entire situation was startling for other beachgoers, like Paula Dupuis.

"I don't care for getting in the water in the first place, but that makes me a little leery," said Dupuis.

Haley Landry, who is visiting from Louisiana, said she was stunned to hear what happened.

"That's the scariest thing you can think of when you come out here. I feel so bad for the little boy," Landry said.

Edwards said he's just glad the teen wasn't hurt worse.

"We don’t have coastal, so we’re not used to that. But you know, it can happen," said Edwards.

Officials said the teen was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley where he'll need stitches.