An 8-year-old-boy was bitten by a shark off of North Carolina’s Bald Head Island on Sunday. The boy, whose name has not been released, survived with puncture wounds on his leg.
Bald Head Island officials told People that the boy was swimming off the coast of the island when he was attacked. They received a call about a shark attack at around 4 p.m. The boy was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, ABC News reported.
Third Shark Attack Off North Carolina Coast This Month
This is the third shark attack on the North Carolina coast in less than a month.
Earlier this month, 19-year-old Austin Reed was bitten by a shark while swimming off Ocean Isle Beach, as reported by WWAY. The UNCW student survived with a “deep tooth bite” on his foot.
In early June, Paige Winter, 17, was attacked by a shark while wading in waist-deep water at Atlantic Beach. She had her left leg amputated and lost two fingers as a result of the attack. Paige had been visiting the beach with her family when she suddenly felt a shark pull her under water. The Atlantic Beach Fire Department shared with People that Paige had “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic, and hand areas.” Paige’s dad dove into the water to save his daughter from the shark. Paige’s grandmother, Janet Winter, shared in a Facebook post, “He punched the shark in the face [five] times before it let go.”
Winter recently sat down with Good Morning America for an exclusive interview about the ordeal.
The teenager shared that she nearly gave up but ultimately decided to fight. “I was aware from the beginning, nothing’s gonna be the same ever again. Like, I’m still Paigey. Just a little different,” Winter shared during the interview. “I got some pieces of the puzzle missing. But it’s OK. … I’d rather have to go through this tough journey than, like, not being able to use my hands. Not being able to, like, walk.”
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