Boy suffers possible shark bite in NC surf

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SURF CITY, N.C. (WECT) – An 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon from what appeared to be a small shark bite, according to the Surf City Police Department.

Officials said the incident happened around 12:25 p.m. near 700 South Shore Drive, about five blocks from the pier.


Police said the wounds were superficial and the child was expected to be okay. Surf City Police and Pender East EMS responded and provided treatment on scene.

According to the police chief, the victim had what looked like a bite mark on the top of the foot and a puncture wound on the heel. The bite was about 7 inches in diameter.

A man from Charlotte was vacationing at Topsail Island when he heard a child screaming in the water and helped rescue him, according to WBTV. The man said the bite marks on the boy’s leg appeared to be from a shark.

The child’s parents took the boy to the emergency room for more assessment.

Town Manager Larry Bergman said the town does not plan to warn visitors about the shark bite or tell swimmers to get out of the water, but it has increased police beach patrols.

He said some beachgoers have approached police officers after hearing about the bite on social media.

“News travels really fast,” he said.

This incident comes 10 days after a 12-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl were bitten by sharks at Oak Island. They both were taken to the hospital and each had an arm amputated.

— WECT and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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