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Marine could be 8th shark-bite victim along NC coast

Posted July 6, 2015
Updated July 7, 2015

— Officials at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune said Monday that a Marine was treated over the weekend for a “possible” shark bite to his right hand and forearm.

The 32-year-old man, who had been in the water near Surf City, was brought to the hospital by a friend shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, officials said. He was treated and released by 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

“The injuries are considered non-life-threatening,” officials said in a statement.

No further information was released.

There have been seven confirmed shark bites off the North Carolina coast in the last several weeks, including a July 1 attack off Ocracoke Island that sent a 68-year-old Massachusetts man to the hospital.

Officials said that attack happened at about 12:30 p.m. while the man, Andrew Costello, was swimming directly in front of the lifeguard stand in waist-deep water. Costello was pulled underwater by the shark, and received injuries to his rib cage, hip, lower leg and both hands.

Other shark attacks this summer include:

June 11: A girl was bitten by a shark and her boogie board torn apart at Ocean Isle Beach.

June 14: A 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were each bitten about an hour apart off the coast of Oak Island. Each had an arm amputated.

June 24: An 8-year-old boy was bitten near Surf City. He sustained minor injuries to his leg and ankle.

June 26: A 47-year-old man was bitten about a mile north of the Avon Fishing Pier while he was swimming in a group.

June 27: A 17-year-old boy was bitten in Rodanthe.


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  • Todd Whitmer Jul 7, 2015
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    You make a good point -eh hem...

    Sort of...

  • Chip Dipson Jul 6, 2015
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    How do you know the Marine didn't bite his own hand and call WRAL to tell them he'd been attacked in order to get on the news?

  • Todd Whitmer Jul 6, 2015
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    If you (WRAL) don't have enough information to support a shark bite, then why the heck are you reporting this story this way.

    It is completely irresponsible and poor journalism to do otherwise.

    "Coverage YOU might be able to substantiate but until then we will go ahead and feed the sensationalism to make sure we report some bull splat"

    Great job!