19-year-old surfer recovering after shark bite at Ocean Isle Beach
Austin Reed, 19, was surfing with a friend off Ocean Isle Beach when he felt a bite on his foot. He underwent surgery and is expected to be OK.Posted — Updated
"I go out there and I'm like wow the waves are really big" Reed said from his hospital bed. "I remember I told him for some reason that if any day were I to get bitten by a shark it would be today. I don't know why I said that."
Reed's mother, who is an emergency room nurse, wrapped his foot in a towel and applied pressure until paramedics arrived.
He underwent surgery at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
“Austin’s one to goof around a lot, so when he told his buddy out in the ocean, he’s like, ‘Yo, I got bit by a shark.’ He didn’t believe him at first,” his brother, Ethan Reed, told WECT News.
During the past decate, North Carolina has had between one and five unprovoked shark attacks per year, none of which were fatal.
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