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Threat of sharks not keeping people from NC beaches

Posted June 27, 2016 4:35 p.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2016 10:42 p.m. EDT

— Two people have reportedly been bitten by sharks off Atlantic Beach in the past two weeks, leaving beachgoers on edge but not keeping them off the sand.

Authorities say they believe a shark may have bitten an 11-year-old boy Saturday afternoon as he was paddling on a surfboard off Fort Macon State Park.

The boy's father posted pictures of the puncture wounds on Facebook, as well as a photo of his son at a nearby hospital.

Emergency officials say the boy didn't see what happened, but the injuries are consistent with a shark bite.

Eighteen-year-old Dillon Bowen received 26 stitches in his right wrist after a shark bit him at Atlantic Beach on June 11.

"I've grown up by the water my whole life. I've never been scared of the water," Tony Beligotti said Monday.

But others were more wary, including Beligotti's sister.

"I don't want to lose a limb. I'd rather have my feet, arms, that kind of stuff," Dezeray Beligotti said, noting that she feels safer on the shore.

Tosfeer Lawrence said she was keeping a close eye on her 10-year-old daughter, Dishamere, who wanted to spend her birthday at the beach.

"I am going to stay close to the water with her, just in case something does happen. I would hate to see that," Lawrence said.