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Sixth shark attack of summer Saturday off Rodanthe

Posted June 27, 2015
Updated June 29, 2015

— A 17-year-old man is the sixth person to be bitten by a shark this summer off the coast of North Carolina. The man was bitten Saturday afternoon in Rodanthe, according to a National Parks Service spokesman, who described his injuries as bloody, but not life- or limb-threatening.

He had injuries to his right calf and buttocks and both his hands, the parks service said. After treatment on the scene, the man was flown to a hospital in Norfolk. There, he joins a 47-year-old who was bitten Friday.

That man, whose name was not released, was bitten about a mile north of the Avon Fishing Pier.

The other four instances of shark bites earlier this month all involved younger people.

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

The most serious injuries were suffered by a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, each bitten June 14 about an hour apart off the coast of Oak Island. Each had an arm amputated.

An 8-year-old boy was bitten earlier this week in Surf City, but his injuries were described as minor.

With the recent shark attacks on the minds of beach goers, business owners said their shops and motels have not been affected.

"Everybody is out in the ocean, having a good time and playing on the beach," said On Shore Surf Shop employee George Howard.

Before this summer, the last known encounter with a shark at the Cape Hatteras Seashore occurred in 2011 on Ocracoke Island, according to the Park Service.


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  • Angie Cox Jun 29, 2015
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    a 17 year old is NOT a man WRAL. also, please someone step in quick and stop allowing fisherman to throw blood and guts in the ocean. please!

  • Bob Bruck Jun 28, 2015
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  • Rebecca Caldwell Jun 28, 2015
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    Why is the victim a 17 year-old "man?" I bet if the story was about a female, she would be a 17 year-old "girl."

  • Leslie Klatt Jun 28, 2015
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    They are saying it's the very high amount of turtle nests that are attracting the sharks.

  • Leslie Klatt Jun 28, 2015
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    I will not be swimming in the ocean anytime soon!

  • Fonda Mckinney Jun 28, 2015
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  • Paul Jones Jun 28, 2015
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    Why doesn't the government section of part of the beach with nets so that sharks can't get through? There are other places around the world that do that.

  • Mark Newton Jun 27, 2015
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    This is nuts. I used to believe that the chances of getting bit by a shark was like the same as winning the lottery or getting struck by lightning. I am now rethinking my perspective on that. We go to the beach for our annual family vacation in August and at this point I am not letting my kids get in the water. They can swim in the pool this year.

  • Sarcoi Dosis Jun 27, 2015
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    What is causing this outbreak of shark attacks? I understand the ones in close proximity to Fishing Piers, but this seems to be all up and own the coast Is it weather related? Any Shark Experts out there?