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Boy, 8, bitten by shark in Surf City

Posted June 24, 2015
Updated June 25, 2015

Brady Noyes was not seriously hurt after being attacked by a shark at Surf City. Photo courtesy of the family.

Surf City police said an 8-year-old boy received minor injuries Wednesday after being bitten on his foot and leg by a shark.

Police said the wounds were superficial and treated by emergency personnel at the scene, but the boy’s parents were taking him to a hospital emergency room as a precaution.

The boy's father, Chris Noyes, identified him as Brady Noyes. The father said Brady is resting and recuperating.

"Please mention our hearts go out the victims that were less fortunate in these past few weeks," Chris Noyes said, referring to two children who lost limbs in shark attacks earlier this month.

The shark bite happened in the 700 block of South Shore Drive.

Town Manager Larry Bergman says the town does not plan to warn visitors about the shark bite or tell swimmers to get out of the water, but it has increased police beach patrols.

"It really comes down to a joint decision on public safety officials, including myself," Bergman said. He said he would have decided to close the beaches "if there was a big hazard, if there was an imminent danger."

The town does not have an official lifeguarding staff, instead employing police officers and water-rescue-trained firefighters to patrol the beaches on four-wheelers. Beachgoers swim "kind of at their own risk," Bergman said.

He said some people approached police officers after hearing about the bite on social media.

"News travels really fast," he said.

The child had been swimming about five blocks from a fishing pier Wednesday afternoon. Town policy prohibits people from swimming or surfing within 300 feet of a fishing pier, Bergman said.

A boy and girl were hurt in separate shark attacks off the North Carolina coast on June 14.

Kiersten Yow, 12, of Asheboro lost her arm below the elbow and was injured in the leg when she was bitten by a shark at Oak Island. About an hour later and 2 miles away, Hunter Treschl, 16, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was bitten and lost his arm.


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  • Jim Wiseman Jun 27, 2015
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    So, how will the police prevent attacks? Arrest the sharks?

  • Cora Blue Jun 25, 2015
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    I, for one, am just thankful he's doing well and the bite was not terribly serious. He looks like a happy boy whose going to have one heck of story to tell when he goes back to school :)

  • Barbara Sossomon Jun 25, 2015
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    Good question! This is what I found: Officials said the incident happened around 12:25 p.m. near 700 South Shore Drive, about five blocks from the pier.

  • Gene Stoeckley Jun 25, 2015
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    That is not entirely true. sharks and Common Bottlenose dolphins share a mutual respect and co-exist. Dolphins will not go out of their way to 'ram' a shark or attack a shark unless one of it's social group is threatened. I have observed sharks and dolphins feed on schools of bait and neither showing concern or aggression towards the other. It is a fallacy to believe that while dolphins are in the area one is safe from sharks. Actually if dolphins are seen it's likely sharks are also nearby feeding as well.

  • Sean Creasy Jun 25, 2015
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    I am curious about the time of day that the boy was swimming. If it was around the same time the other attacks occurred ( 5P.M. or later) then it was his parents fault for letting him go into moderately deep water at that time of day. Use some common sense people and don't swim before 10 A.M. or after 5 P.M. as, just like humans, it is feeding time for the animals in the sea...

  • Rob Creekmore Jun 24, 2015
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    I can't figure out if this is satire or not, I'm pretty sure it is. Either way, the average number of shark attacks per year in NC is about 3-5, I count 3 so far. So, all in all it's not unusual.

  • Pat Demby Jun 24, 2015
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    We need shark control now.

    Moms Demand Action for Shark Violence.

  • John Dees Jun 24, 2015
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    Go with the climate change story. They use that one to explain anything out of the ordinary.

  • Leslie Blair Jun 24, 2015
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    Would you prefer they provide specific GPS coordinates for the spot in the water? It's a beach-front community

  • Belinda Warrick Jun 24, 2015
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    There is obviously something going on that we aren't aware of or we're overlooking something. These attacks are unprecedented in North Carolina. So many possibilities...overfishing, illegal chuming, increasing swimmers, increased boating, water temperature and the list goes on. Maybe sharks have developed a liking to the taste of humans. Aliens? ? Government experiments? ? The Apocalypse? ? Ladies are you going in the water while menstruating? ? Are people peeing in the water more often? ? Maybe they are robot sharks?? Or is this just a once in a million summer that none of us alive now will ever see again in our lifetime. I pray it's just a fluke and that no one is bitten again this summer nor the summers to come. Where are the dolphins? Dolphins usually keep sharks away from shore during day. Dolphins will ram sharks that are in close proximity to humans, it's a well documented phenomenon.