Central NC woman bitten by shark at Hilton Head
Posted May 10, 2014
Mooresville, N.C. — An Iredell County woman is recovering after being bitten by a shark earlier this week while swimming in the ocean at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
Kimberly Popp, of Mooresville, said she was in knee-deep water Tuesday afternoon when something hit her foot, according to WBTV.
Moments later, when she lifted her leg out of the water, she saw that a shark had bitten her. Popp said she punched the shark in the nose until it let go of her leg.
"I was yelling. I wanted my kids out of there, because I knew they were right next to me. Was there any more of them, I don't know," she said.
Popp believed the shark was about 5-feet long and said it was as wide as her shoulders. She estimated it was probably bigger than her 6-year-old son who was swimming with her and Popp's 4-year-old daughter.
Popp says a lifeguard wrapped her foot and she was taken to Hilton Head Hospital, where she received 14 stitches to her foot. She is expected to be on crutches for several weeks.