2 More Shark Attacks in 2 Days at North Carolina Beaches
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What is it about North Carolina beachgoers that make them so appetizing to sharks?
This weekend saw the fifth and sixth instances this month where such a toothy predator sent a Tarheel State swimmer to the hospital.
Around noon on Friday, a 47-year-old man was swimming in Avon, N.C. when he was bitten in the right leg and lower back, the National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement, according to ABC News.
Witness Johnny Supan told ABC News, “This guy was in waist-deep water about 10 feet away from where my friend and I were walking on the beach when we heard him screaming 'Shark! Shark!'"
“Right away there was a guy that had a water bottle cleaning his wounds and his wife was trying to put pressure on them,” he added.
Paramedics treated the man at the scene before he was airlifted to Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the NPS said.
The man’s son, who was in the water with him, was not hurt in the attack, Supan said.
Supan described the victim to ABC news as, “dizzy and in shock when he came out of the water.”
On Saturday, a 17-year-old boy was bitten on N.C.’s Outer Banks. Drawing from the NPS’s Facebook page, The Associated Press reported his injuries to be to the right calf, buttocks, and both hands. No one else was hurt. He was treated at the scene, then airlifted to a Norfolk hospital.
ABC News recapped the list of this month’s N.C. shark attack victims: A 13-year-old girl was bitten in the foot at Ocean Isle on June 11. Hunter Treschl, 16, lost an arm in an attack on June 14 at Oak Island, and Kiersten Yow, 12, was bitten in the arm and leg less than 90 minutes before Treschl was attack. Finally, just this Wednesday, an 8-year-old boy was bitten at Surf City.
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