Shark attack in Jupiter: 6-year-old boy recovering after shark bites 'chunk' of his upper thigh

JUPITER, Fla. -- A 6-year-old boy recovering in the hospital after being bitten by a shark in the upper thigh Tuesday night is in "good condition," according to St. Mary's Medical Center spokesperson Ryan Lieber.

The bite happened around 7 p.m. just north of the Juno Beach Pier near the Marcinski Park area, Jupiter Police Department spokesperson Scott Pascarella said.

Pascarella said the boy was at the beach with his father. Hospital officials believe the bite came from a bull shark.

Lieber said a "good chunk" of the boy's thigh was bitten.

Several witnesses were on scene and tried to help. The child was transported via Trauma Hawk to St. Mary's Medical Center where he remains as of Wednesday morning.

A witness said the child's family and bystanders brought him to a nearby bench near the road after the attack to apply pressure to the wound while they waited for first responders.

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