Teen Bitten By Shark While Surfing Off Stone Harbor Beach

A 15-year-old girl from Pennsylvania was bitten by a shark while surfing off the Jersey Shore, authorities said.



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The shark bite occurred off Stone Harbor's 109th Street Beach, around 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, Stone Harbor officials said.

The injured surfer sustained several cuts to her left foot and calf, officials said. She received immediate onsite medical treatment from Stone Harbor Fire/Rescue.

The girl was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and care, where she received six stitches, officials said. 

The Stone Harbor Police Department has been actively collaborating with local marine life experts and professionals in an ongoing effort to determine the exact cause of the surfer's wounds. 

"After careful examination, it has been ascertained by the New Jersey State Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office that the injuries sustained by the surfer are consistent with those typically associated with a shark of unknown size and type," the borough said in its statement.

No restrictions on beach activities were planned. However, the Borough of Stone Harbor urges all beachgoers to exercise caution and adhere to any safety guidelines issued by local authorities. 

According to the International Shark Attack File Beach Injuries and Fatalities Report, the odds of a shark attack in the United States are 1 in 11.5 million.

Mayor Judy Davies-Dunhour emphasized that “Stone Harbor remains a beloved and popular destination for beachgoers from near and far."

"The local police and fire departments are fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of both residents and tourists," the mayor said. 

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