Boy Bitten in the Water Henolopen State Park
From: WBOC TV
LEWES, De – A twelve year old boy received a bite in his leg while skim boarding at Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park. The incident happened around noon on
“He was probably knee deep or thigh deep in the water and he kind of fiddled around a little bit,” the boy’s brother Holt Baker described. “Then he threw a little punch and starts yelling shark.”
“He comes out and he pulls up his leg and without a doubt there are eight to ten bite marks in this kids leg,” one of the witnesses Chase Monigle said.
The boy made his way back to the beach and was later taken by ambulance to Beebe Hospital in Lewes. DNREC is reviewing the bite mark to determine if it was made by a shark or another creature.
After the incident, DNREC closed the Herring Point beach to swimming and surfing. Park rangers and lifeguards patrolled the beach area to warn surfers and beach goers to stay in shallow water. DNREC said shark attacks are rare and the only known bite at a Delaware State Park Beach occurred in 2014.
The boy’s mother said he was doing fine at the hospital but he did need a few stitches.