Marine injured in eighth shark attack along NC coast
SURF CITY, N.C. — A hospital confirms there has been another shark bite along the North Carolina coast — the eighth bite in North Carolina in less than a month.
A spokesman for the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune told WITN News that a shark bite victim was brought into the hospital Saturday.
The official said the bite happened in Surf City and the male victim was treated and released from the hospital. The 32-year-old Camp Lejeune Marine was treated for bites to forearm and right hand and was later released, the Associated Press reported.
The shark bite occurred during a month of shark attacks along the coasts of North and South Carolina.
On Wednesday, a 68-year-old man was pulled under the water by a shark in the Outer Banks on Ocracoke Island.
At the end of June, two people were bitten by sharks near Cape Hatteras.
On June 26, a 47-year-old man was bitten by a shark in the leg and back while trying to get children and another adult out of the water near Avon.
On June 27, an 18-year-old was swimming with other people near Waves when the shark bit his calf, buttocks and both hands.
Both victims were rushed from the beach and underwent surgery.
In South Carolina, a shark attack also took place Friday morning at Hunting Island State Park. The male victim was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment. No further information was available about the victim or the extent of his injuries.
On June 24, an 8-year-old boy in Surf City suffered what appeared to be a shark bite. Police said the wounds were superficial and the injuries were minor.
On June 14, 12-year-old Kiersten Yow from Archdale and a 16-year-old boy from Colorado both lost their arms in shark attacks at Oak Island.
Yow lost her left arm below the elbow and suffered injuries to her left leg. Hunter Treschl lost an arm.
A 13-year-old girl was bitten while boogie boarding off Ocean Isle Beach on June 11. In that incident, the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, but the shark took bites of her boogie board.