Shark Bites MD Boy Vacationing In Bahamas: Police

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The Royal Bahamas Police Force said a shark on Jan. 15 bit a Maryland boy vacationing on Paradise Island. Reports said the bite happened in a shark tank at Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas resort, pictured above on a different day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

Patch reporter Megan VerHelst wrote this story.

PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS — A 10-year-old boy from Maryland was bitten by a shark while visiting the Bahamas, according to police.

In a news release, the Royal Bahamas Police Force said the boy was bitten on Jan. 15 shortly before 4 p.m. while participating in a shark tank exhibition at a resort on Paradise Island. 

Police did not identify the boy or his hometown. Authorities did not identify the exact resort either.

NBC, CNN and CBS all reported that the shark bite happened at the Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas resort.

According to authorities, the child was bitten on the right leg. He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, police said.

No other details were immediately available. The incident remains under investigation, police said.

The incident happened a month after a 44-year-old woman from Boston was killed by a shark while paddleboarding off the coast of a Bahamian resort, according to a USA Today report. The woman was less than a mile from shore near a Sandals resort in New Providence when the attack happened, the report said.

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