A shark bit a 17-year-old boy Saturday off a North Carolina beach, the 6th attack off the state’s coast this month.
The boy had injuries to his hands, right calf and buttocks, but they weren’t life-threatening and didn’t involve amputation, WRAL-TV reported, citing a National Parks Service spokesman.
He was swimming in Rodanthe in the Outer Banks on Saturday with others when he was bitten, but no one else was hurt.
He was treated at the scene and airlifted to a Norfolk hospital where a 47-year-old is recovering from injuries to his right leg and lower back after a shark attack just a day prior on Friday in Avon. A 43-year-old man was also attacked by a shark near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on Friday. Both men had non-life threatening injuries.
That 17-year-old, whose name was not released, was bitten about a mile north of the Avon Fishing Pier.
Earlier this week an 8-year-old boy received minor injuries after a shark attack in Surf City, WRAL said.
Two weeks ago a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy each lost an arm in separate attacks off the coast of Oak Island about 90 minutes apart from one another. On June 11 a girl received cuts on her feet after a shark bit her and tore apart her boogie board off Ocean Isle Beach.
Ocearch founder Chris Fischer told “CBS This Morning” earlier this month that “It’s very common this time of year between Florida and the Carolinas to have these sorts of incidents. We’re at the peak of abundance. In the Carolinas, there’s the maximum amount of bait, maximum amount of game fish there, which brings the predators in.”