Teen injured in possible shark attack in Stone Harbor

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A Pennsylvania teen is believed to have been the victim of a shark attack as she surfed in the water off Stone Harbor on Sunday.

The girl suffered several lacerations to her left foot and calf while in the surf off 109th Street at about 3 p.m., according to a release.

Stone Harbor police along with the Fire and Rescue squads arrived immediately, and she received treatment on the scene.

The 15-year-old surfer was then transported to Cape Regional Medical Center, where she received six stitches.

Stone Harbor police have been collaborating with local marine life experts and professionals in an ongoing effort to determine the exact cause of the girl’s wounds.

The New Jersey State Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the injuries are consistent with those typically associated with a shark of unknown size and type.

No restrictions on beach activities are planned at this time.

Borough officials urge all beachgoers to exercise caution and adhere to any safety guidelines issued by local authorities.

This incident serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with water activities in areas where marine life thrives, the release states.

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

“Stone Harbor remains a beloved and popular destination for beachgoers from near and far,” Mayor Judy Davies-Dunhour said. “The local police and fire departments are fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of both residents and tourists. They are taking appropriate measures to thoroughly assess the situation and provide necessary updates to the public.”

Updates regarding any new information or developments will be communicated to the public.