He was pulled underwater where he suffered more injuries to his hands and ribcage. Officials from the National Park Service said the shark didn’t attack any other swimmers.
Witness Jackson Fuqua, 15, said the man had a “baseball-size chunk taken out above his knee” and was bleeding.
In a separate incident, a 32-year-old surfer was critically injured by a shark on Thursday at the same Australian coastal town where a Japanese tourist was killed in February, police said.
The 47-year-old victim had been swimming with others when the incident occurred.
“It took a pretty big chunk out of my right leg so I started punching the shark and then it grabbed my back and must have bit me in the back”, Thornton said. The victim, who was attacked at a beach on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, was in critical condition.
June 26: Man attacked at Hunting Island Beach, S.C.
The man was swimming outside the first breaker when he came upon a gray shark, a few 6-7 feet in length, reported by Sarah Johnson, spokeswoman for Hyde County.
The man was on vacation from Pennsylvania, reported by officials.
Justin Gibbs, emergency services director of Hyde County, said the victim was from Massachusetts but declined to give a name or details.
On June 14, 12-year-old Kiersten Yow from North Carolina and 16-year-old Hunter Treschel oy from Colorado Springs both lost their arms in shark attacks at Oak Island. The average both South and North Carolina expect to see each year is about six total. “Everyone has a camera these days”.
The summer of 2015 may be remembered as the year of the shark.
The proximity of fisherman and swimmers was of particular concern in last weekend’s attacks, Burgess told LiveScience.
She also attributed the swimmers getting too close to where people are fishing as one of the reasons why there has been an upsurge in the attacks.
The individual, later identified as 68-year-old male, was flown off the island for treatment at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina.
Drought conditions reduce the amount of freshwater making it to the sea, which creates an environment along the shore where higher salt levels attract more fish and sharks, Burgess said.
George Burgess from the Florida Program for Shark Research at Florida global University declared that the worrying number of attacks in the area is a truly risky situation at present which continues to be threatening.
In addition, 24/7 news and social media coverage tends to exaggerate the danger.