Thursday 29 September 2016

Tourists forced to leave water after reported 'shark alert' on Spanish beach

Published 18/08/2015 | 21:07

Benidorm, Spain (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Benidorm, Spain (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Tourists fled the sea in popular holiday spot Benidorm after a reported 'shark alert'.

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Panic spread quickly across the beach after a 10-year-old boy was attacked by a mysterious fish.

The young boy was swimming on Poniente Beach near the Costa Blanca Resort at the time of the incident yesterday.

Police searched the beach for more than an hour for the fish after holidaymakers were forced to get out of the water.

The boy described how the 'grey-green' fish, reported to be 60cm long, bit him after he attempted to touch it while swimming underwater.

The fish left a large circular mark just above his waist.

Fears that there was a shark in the area were escalated when a local news website tweeted: "The emergency services have evacuated Benidorm beach because of a shark".

Locals said they believe the fish may have been a barracuda.

The beach has since been reopened.

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