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11-year-old gets 16 stitches after shark bite on Florida beach


STUART, Fla. (WFLA/WPTV) – An 11-year-old boy from Iowa is recovering after he was bitten by a shark while on vacation in Florida.

Kael Dewey said he was riding his boogie board at Stuart Beach on Tuesday when he sensed something wasn’t right.

Dewey was in the water with his mom when he felt something grab the back of his leg.

That’s when he said he immediately screamed out for help.

“All of a sudden he started screaming and said, ‘I got bit really bad,’” his mother Jessica Dewey said.

“A lot of people there, they brought me on to the beach. Wrapped my foot up in a towel,” said Kael.

It’s not clear what kind of shark bit Kael, but the family suspects it was a spinner shark.

Even though he wound up with 16 stiches, Kael’s family said the incident won’t keep them from coming back to Florida.

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