A teenage boy is recovering in the hospital after being attacked by a blacktip shark at Surfside Beach. The unidentified teen needed stitches but is expected to be okay.

The attack occurred while the boy was swimming with some friends about 50 yards off-shore. Nurse Paula Givens got to the boy when he got out of the water.

“His calf was pretty mangled,” Givens toldtotoldtold our television partner Local 2. Surfside Police Officer and EMT Zuandra Monnat also took care of the boy.

“He said he felt the shark bite him and pulled the shark off of his leg, which is how he got the lacerations on his hand,” Monnat said.

Beachgoers like Kathy Hayes saw the boy after the attack and then helped other parents get their kids out of danger.

“We were telling the people to bring their children in closer,” Hayes said.

Officials say it’s been a long time since there’s been an attack at the beach.

“It’s been over 25 years since we’ve had a shark attack here,” Surfside Police Assistant Chief Gregg Bisso said.

According to the University of Florida, there have been a total of 38 shark attacks along the Texas Gulf Coast since 1911.