Debordieu Shark Attack
Sunday, Jul 09, 2006 - 04:52 PM
Officials say a shark attacked a teenager in the Debordieu area of Georgetown County.
Police say the 14-year old girl went swimming in the ocean Saturday afternoon, when the incident happened. Rescue officials say she was bitten on the lower half of her body. She was transported to the hospital in stable condition at the time.
This is the first reported shark attack of the season. Overall, officials say they are not that common. The International Shark Attack File investigated 105 shark incidents last year, worldwide. They reported a direct correlation between the number of shark attacks and the increase in popularity of water recreation.
People fishing on a local pier Sunday each said they saw sharks swimming nearby. Officials say sharks gravitate toward piers. The Beach Patrol says to stay at least 150 yards away from them.
"Well we were here fishing this morning and a man pulled up hi minnow bucket to drop the water out and when he dumped the water out of it a big shark came along. It was probably about 7 feet long,” said Jerry Reed of Asheville, NC.
Experts said to stay safe in the ocean don't swim at dusk or dawn, don't wear shiny jewelry and of course swim with a partner. But most importantly, use common sense and don't swim out too far.
Also, don't attempt to hit a shark if they come close to you. Experts tell us to calmly swim to shore. A family visiting from Fort Mill South Carolina said they will be cautious. The threat of sharks, however, won't keep them away.
“They [his daughter and her friend] didn't want to go much further out so I'm trying to get them to know they can still play in the surf and stuff. Sharks need to be in 3-4 feet of water. I would think. Before I would think they are a problem but, maybe not. I would like them to roll around in the surf still. We still love the beach but it's not going to keep us from getting totally in the water, said Jeff Martin.
I t's not common...but experts say sharks do occasionally, swim close to shore. Officials say to enjoy the water, just remember to observe your surroundings.
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