July 1, 2015
Swimmer on Ocracoke bitten by shark
By IRENE NOLAN
A swimmer on Ocracoke was bitten by a shark this afternoon while swimming off a beach in Ocracoke.
According to the National Park Service, the incident was reported about 12:30 p.m. near the lifeguarded beach.
NPS rangers and lifeguards responded, along with the Hyde County
Sheriff’s Office, Hyde County Emergency Medical Services, and the
Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department.
to the Park Service, first responders found a 67-year-old man who had
sustained injuries to his lower left torso and hip, lower left leg, and
both hands. He had been swimming about 25- 30 feet offshore in
about waist-deep water with his adult son. There were no other
The victim was treated at the scene and then transported by ambulance
to the Ocracoke Airport for transport by East Care Airflight to Pitt
Memorial, in Greenville, N.C., for further care.
It is the third report of a shark bite in the seashore in the past week.
Saturday, June 27, an 18-year-old man received bites to his calf,
buttocks, and both hands while swimming in about 3 feet of water about
20 feet offshore in Waves on Hatteras Island. That incident
happened about 4 p.m., and the victim was transported by helicopter to
a Norfolk hospital where he was reported in serious but stable
condition on Sunday.
On Friday, June 26, a 47-year-old man was bitten on his buttocks and
back while in relatively shallow water in Avon, about a mile north of
the Avon Fishing Pier. That incident was reported about 11:40 a.m. and
the victim was also transported by helicopter to a Norfolk hospital
with non-life threatening injuries.
The Ocracoke incident is the seventh reported shark attack in a month's
time in North Carolina. Four others have occurred south of the
Outer Banks -- two at Oak Island and one each at Ocean Isle and Surf
Before yesterday, the last reported shark attack on the seashore was in
2012 when a woman was bitten on her leg while she was swimming in
shallow water near the Avon Fishing Pier.
In 2011, a 6-year-old girl was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial
Hospital in Greenville after she was bitten by a shark on an Ocracoke
beach. That attack happened about 5:30 in the afternoon, also in
shallow water. The child was on a boogie board, and the shark was
reported to have been about 4 or 5 feet long.
Before that, the last shark attack on the seashore was on Sept. 3,
2001, off the beach at Avon when a 28-year-old Russian visitor was
killed and his 23-year-old girlfriend critically injured. A bull
shark was suspected in that attack.
Sharks experts interviewed for a story published yesterday in The
Island Free Press attribute the spate of attacks to warmer than usual
water and plentiful food for the sharks.
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