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August 25, 2019

Surfer says he was bitten by shark on North Carolina beach

June 12, 2019
Surfer said a shark bit him Monday while he rode the waves of a beach in Ocean Isle, North Carolina, according to reports. (articgoneape/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A teenage surfer said a shark bit him Monday while he rode the waves of a beach in Ocean Isle, N.C., according to reports.

Austin Reed, 19, was taken to a hospital in Wilmington after the bite, ABC News reported.

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Town officials called the attack a “marine” bite, according to The News & Observer, and Ocean Isle Police and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission were investigating the incident.

“I asked for [my friend] to look at my foot cause I was kind of scared to look at it, like I was scared that maybe the shark took a toe off or something,” Reed told ABC News in an interview from the hospital. “It’s pretty bad. And I looked at it and there was blood everywhere.”

Reed’s brother, Ethan, said he initially thought his sibling was kidding. Until he saw the wound.

“He said ‘Yo, I got bit by a shark!’ ” Ethan told WTVD, a local ABC affiliate.

Reed’s father, Wayne, told the TV station he expected a full recovery.

And Reed said he’ll be back at the beach sooner or later. “It won’t stop me,” he told ABC News.

The bite followed the June 2 attack of Paige Winter, 17, at the beach at Fort Macon State Park in North Carolina. Winter required a leg amputation after her attack, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for her recovery.

Benjamin Fleming, one of the three rangers on duty at the time of Paige’s attack, told The News then that shark attacks are “very uncommon” in the area. “It’s much more common in a place like Florida.”

Fort Macon State Park is about 150 miles up the coast from Ocean Isle Beach.

OCEARCH, a research group that tracks shark movement, identified a great white shark in the Long Island Sound in May, although subsequent tracking data called into question whether the shark, called Cabot, actually ever visited. OCEARCH previously tracked Cabot off the coast of North Carolina in early May.

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