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Knox County teen bit by shark in Florida

Knox County teen bit by shark in Florida

A Tri-State teen was taken to the hospital after being bitten by a shark in Florida.

Colten McCarty, 15, and his family are currently on vacation in Florida.

The Knox County resident was skim boarding in knee-deep water when something bit his leg.

Colten's mother, Lisa, says the situation could have been much worse.

"He had yelled, 'Run! Get out of the water, that he had been bitten' and all the kids ran up to the shore and it was just really unreal how he thought to tell everyone to run. I mean, it was crazy," said Lisa McCarty.

Hospital staff say shark bites are extremely rare, as they usually only see one case a year.

After receiving three stitches, doctors say Colten's leg is expected to heal just fine.

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