Arkansas Boy Attacked by Shark on Alabama Coast

JULY 7, 2004 - Posted at 7:32 a.m. CDT

GULF SHORES, AL - A seven-year-old Arkansas boy is recovering from severe foot injuries he received in an apparent shark attack at Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Trenton Martin of Oden underwent surgery for a severed artery and tendons in his right foot and numerous deep cuts.

The boy was in waist-deep water Friday afternoon, looking for shells with his grandfather when he felt something bump him about six times.  Trenton's mother says the shark bit her son once, let go and then bit him a second time, shaking and pulling his foot.

The family plans to return home to Arkansas tomorrow.

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