A person was bitten, possibly by a small shark, while swimming Thursday at a beach near Avon, according to the National Park Service.
The Avon Medical Clinic treated the victim, who was bitten in shallow water by what was described as a shark between 18 and 24 inches long. The medical clinic contacted the Park Service on Friday, according to spokeswoman Cyndy Holda.
The Park Service did not know the person’s age or condition.
A 10-year-old boy was bitten by a shark Wednesday afternoon in the ocean at Holden Beach, said Sgt. J.H. Hewett, of the Holden Beach Police Department.
The boy’s father said he was swimming in 3 to 4 feet of water in the vicinity of the 500 block of Ocean Boulevard West around 3:30 p.m. when he felt something bite his foot. He waded ashore and found a wound on his heel.
Police, fire and EMS personnel responded to the beach within minutes, and the boy was taken to Brunswick Novant Medical Center.
That night, the boy’s father told authorities his son was in stable condition but faced a long road to recovery.
A young girl visiting from out of town was bitten by what is believed to be a shark over the weekend at North Topsail Beach.
North Topsail Town Manager Steve Foster told WECT.com the girl was standing in shallow water on the south end of the beach Sunday afternoon, when something nipped her ankle. Emergency responders took her to the hospital, where it was determined she had damage to her Achilles tendon, according to Foster.
Medical personnel recovered a tooth out of the girl’s ankle, lending to the belief that it was a shark bite.
Josh Clement, 25, was surfing off Figure Eight Island with some friends Saturday. About 3 p.m., he caught a wave in. As he was jumping back on his board to paddle back out, he accidentally kicked the shark. He says the shark then turned and bit his left foot. Yeouch!
A Greensboro girl was bitten by a shark at Topsail Island on Friday afternoon.
Carley Schlentz, 13, of Greensboro, was swimming with friends Friday when she bitten by a shark twice near the top of her left leg. Schlentz was taken to Cape Fear Hospital where she received 60 stitches.
According to Angela Schlentz, the girl’s mother, Carley is currently taking antibiotics and will be on crutches for two weeks while the wounds heal. Schlentz said Carley might need plastic surgery next year after the wound completely heals.
The body of a 60-year-old Pennsylvania man who disappeared while swimming at night off of Corolla last week was found yesterday on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The State Medical Examiners Office in Greenville determined the cause of death to be injuries sustained from a shark bite.
Richard A. Snead of Pittsburgh, PA was last seen swimming near mile post 4 1/2 in Corolla, NC sometime after 9pm on September 12 and was reported to be missing a short time after midnight by his family.
The Sheriff’s Office advises swimmers to be alert in the water and to be aware that this incident occurred while swimming after dark. I concur.