Man sent to hospital after shark bite on Hunting Island

Man sent to hospital after shark bite on Hunting Island

HUNTING ISLAND, SC - The Lady's Island St. Helena Fire District responded to a shark bite at Hunting Island Friday around 11 a.m.

A man was swimming in the surf when he noticed a shark approximately 4-feet long swimming around him. He yelled "shark" and was then bit on the foot by a second shark that he had not seen.

When fire arrived on scene he was on the beach with a serious amount of bleeding. He was quickly treated for the bleeding and transported by EMS to Beaufort Memorial.

"We get a lot of stingray bites, or just stingray issues, jellyfish stings, fishing accidents, that sort of thing, especially during the summertime when there's a lot of tourists in town," said Lady's Island Fire and Rescue's Virginia Marshall. "So we weren't surprised, especially with everything that's been going on in the news recently."

The 43-year-old man is on vacation from Pennsylvania and stated that the shark he saw looked to be around 10 inches in diameter.

He was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and is in stable condition.

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