Shark bite in North Carolina

A 32-year-old Marine was bitten by a shark Saturday night in North Carolina.

He suffered injuries to his right forearm and hand.

He was driven to the Naval Hospital where he was admitted before 10:41 p.m. and released around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.

According to WWAY Surf City Police and Pender County Emergency Management did not receive any calls on shark bites, so the exact location is unknown.

In addition it is not clear whether the man was bitten while in the water (swimming) or if he was bitten while fishing (possibly removing a hook).

This is the eighth incident in North Carolina in the past two months.

On June 14th teens Hunter Treschl and Kiersten Yow both lost arms to shark attacks that occurred on the same stretch of beach only hours apart. Then on June 18th a 47-year-old man was bitten.

In addition there was a reported bite on an eight year old boy and a boogie boarder was bitten on the foot.

This is the forty-ninth shark bite worldwide, six of which were fatal, two were out of water and two currently unconfirmed.

The location has been marked as Surf City on the 2015 shark attack bites map, until if and when an exact location is reported*.

*Camp Lejeune is a large Marine base to the north of Surf City that has swimming areas, so not sure if it would be possible he was bit on base or off.

Editor’s note:  Due to the time and location of the wounds, it seems to me this could likely be a fishing accident.   Of course until more info becomes available there is no way to know.


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