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N.C. Swimmers Concerned About Safety After Florida Shark Attack

Posted July 11, 2001

— In wake of a recent shark attack in Florida, people on North Carolina's coast are thinking more about their safety in the water.

Last week, 8-year-old Jessie Arbogast was bitten by a shark. Doctors had to re-attach his arm and he is in a coma. Doctors say he likely suffered a brain injury.

The shark not only ripped off his arm, but it also bit his leg. Jessie also lost a lot of blood, which caused his kidneys to stop working. When Nancy Haskett takes her daughters to the beach, she says she does not dwell on the slim possibility of a shark attack.

"I try not to think about it at all. We have never had an incident at all. We haven't even seen one," she says.

Last year, there were five shark attacks in the state -- the highest number ever in one year. Researchers say shark attacks are still very rare considering how many people are in the water.

The law of averages says you are more likely to be attacked by bees or struck by lightning than attacked by a shark.

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