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Shark bites man’s ankle at Ballston Beach in Truro

An injured man was carried off Ballston Beach in Truro Monday.

Cape Cod Times

An injured man was carried off Ballston Beach in Truro Monday.

A swimmer was bitten on the ankle Monday, apparently by a shark while in the water off ­Ballston Beach in Truro, police said. The injury was not believed to be life-threatening.

The man, who was not identified, swam to shore and spoke with rescue personnel as he was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after a 911 call came in about 3:30 p.m., said dispatcher Martha Wheeler of the Truro police. About 7 p.m., the man was being prepared for transfer to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said Ana ­Paula, a secretary in the emergency room at Cape Cod Hospital.

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Witnesses at the beach reported seeing a shark fin, but police could not confirm its presence, Wheeler said.

The beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and managed by the town of Truro, ­remained open at 5:30 p.m. ­Monday, Wheeler said.

She said authorities did not know the man’s name or where he was from.

Jessica Wynne of New York was enjoying a day at the beach with her family when the attack happened.

“We were looking out on the water and noticed there were a lot of seals in the water,” said Wynne, a photographer. “We were joking, ‘If there are seals in the water, there must be sharks.’ ”

A short time later, Wynne said, a fin flew up in the air about 500 yards from shore and “slammed down” on one of two men swimming in the area.

“[The men] started swimming frantically toward the shore, and everyone started running toward the water,” Wynne said.

Swimmers fled the water, and paramedics arrived within five minutes, Wynne said.

Chris Stuck-Girard
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