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Boy, 8, bitten by shark in Surf City

Posted June 24, 2015 3:16 p.m. EDT
Updated June 25, 2015 9:10 a.m. EDT

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.