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7-year-old Boy Suffers Possible Shark Bite

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Wednesday wasn't just a normal day at the beach for one vacationing Georgia family.

"They were five or six feet out maybe knee deep at the most and they all came running back in and Ethan was screaming," said Deana Kinder.

Deana's daughter Bailey Kinder says she and 7-year-old Ethan Hand were standing just ankle deep in the water near Beach Access 16 and Surf Drive when she realized something was wrong.

"He was screaming and we didn't know what it was," said Bailey. "He started to try to walk up and I ran because I was scared."

Ethan Made it back to shore, bleeding heavily from an injury to his ankle.

"A piece of flesh was missing and we just held pressure on it and called 911," said Kinder.  

When first responders arrived Ethan was taken quickly to Bay Medical Center with his mother. While the rest of his family and friends stayed behind.

"I'm not an expert, but there was a big chunk of flesh missing out of the outer aspect of the ankle and on the inner aspect of the ankle there were two puncture wounds," said Kinder. "So I don't know what else it could be."

"I kind of don't want to go out there because of how ironic that was and it's kind of scary to go back in there," said Bailey.

Ethan was released from Bay Medical center this afternoon where doctors tell family members puncture wounds on his foot are consistent with a small hammerhead shark or a nurse shark.

As for Ethan he's hanging on to his childhood innocence and a newly purchased stuffed shark.

"It's because I love animals and I don't think the shark was actually mad at me," said Ethan. "I think he was just scared."

Ethan received stitches and muscular repair from the bite. Red flags were flying at the time of the incident.