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Teen Saves Brother, 13, From Shark Attack at Galveston Beach

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A 17-year-old West Texas boy is credited with saving his 13-year-old brother after a shark bit him in the back of his foot while he was wading along a Galveston beach.

The Galveston Island Beach Patrol says the incident happened about 10 a.m. Monday as 17-year-old Bobby Anderson and his little brother Gregory, of Odessa, waded in waist-deep Gulf waters near the 37th Street jetty.

Lt. Kara Harrison told the Houston Chronicle the pair reported feeling a school of fish swirl their legs when a 4-to-5-foot-long shark bit down on Gregory's ankle. That's when Bobby intervened, punching the shark and saving his brother.

"I saw the entire shark, then I hit it, and grabbed him," he said. "Then we swam to the shore and I wrapped him up."

Harrison said Gregory's foot was bandaged before he was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she said he "definitely is going to need stitches."

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