Shark bites boy’s surfboard during contest in SC

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — An 8-foot shark attacked a boy during a surfing competition in South Carolina, but the boy was able to swim to safety, according to the Post and Courier of Charleston.

The incident was reported around 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Folly Beach at the 2013 S.C. Governor’s Cup of Surfing.

Tyson Royston, 10, was reportedly able to escape after he unhooked the leash connecting his ankle to the board. Two other surfers reportedly swam out and helped the boy to shore.

Nancy Hussey is a director of the Southern South Carolina District of the Eastern Surfing. She said she saw the scene unfold and thinks the bull shark got tangled in the leash.

Contest workers cleared the water after the attack and the remainder of the event was postponed until next month.

Bull sharks are known for their aggression and swimming in warm, shallow waters. But officials said such attacks in the area have been rare.

Source: The Post and Courier of Charleston

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