North Carolina boy survives shark attack at Outer Banks beach

A 16-year-old North Carolina boy is recovering from a terrifying shark attack that left some 40 teeth prints in his thigh during a family trip to the Outer Banks on Thursday.

Nick Arthur, who lives in Oak Ridge, NC, was playing on a sand bar with his sister about 25 feet offshore when the shark bit his thigh and would not let go reports CNN.

“At first I thought he was screaming out of joy, and then I looked at him and saw the shark,” said Tim Arthur, Nick’s father.

“He was screaming ‘Get it off me. Let me go’ and I jumped into action.”

Nick’s sister managed to get away safely while her father and brother rushed to the boy’s aid and punched and kicked the shark.

The shark only let go when Arthur managed to kick it in the nose, allowing both father and son to get to safety.

Arthur was taken to the Nags Head hospital where he received 17 stitches for the bite, though there seems to be no permanent damage to his leg.

“You always think it’s not going to be you,” the father said, adding that the encounter would not scare the family away from the beach — though maybe they would remain closer to the shore next time.