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North Carolina shark attack: Shark bites 8-year-old boy in third North Carolina attack this season



A shark bit an 8-year-old boy in the third attack this season along the North Carolina coast, a local official said. Chris McCall, assistant village manager on Bald Head Island, told news shops that the boy is swimming in open water on Sunday afternoon when a shark grabbed him by the leg and caused several bite wounds.

WECT TV reports that the child was transported on a ferry to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The boy is the third person being attacked by a shark in the state this month.

Last week, a 19-year-old was bitten by a shark in Ocean Isle, about 100 miles down the same coastline from which a 1

7-year-old girl lost most of her leg to a shark attack in Fort Macon State Park earlier this month. Charlie Winter was in the water near his daughter, Paige, when he heard other teens swim with them on Atlantic Beach shout: "Paige! Shark! Get her!"

But when he looked in the water he saw only five-foot trail of pink blood in the water. Winter thighs in and grabbed her daughter and took a shark out of the water with her.

"It was a big shark … I immediately started to beat it," he said at a press conference on Friday. "I don't know how many times I hit it, but I beat it with everything I could and it left off."

Then, the former paramedic ran for land and pressed his daughter's badly injured legs while the shark chased him "in arm's length," he said. In the fight, Winters added that his daughter had tried to adorn open the shark's mouth with her hands.

Then he said she was calm and just kept repeating the word "father" when he carried her to safety. "She's a hard little thing," he said with emotion in his voice.

The doctors said the teen's left leg and two fingers on her left hand were amputated after what was probably a bullshark attack based on dental marks found on her bones. The winter said he saw two sharks in the water right after the attack, but didn't know what types of sharks they were.

Unsuccessful shark attacks are rare. There were 66 of them worldwide last year and four deaths, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.


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