06/26/2008 Preston Pearman ( South Carolina )

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06/26/2008 Preston Pearman ( South Carolina )

Postby sharkbait » Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:56 pm

Shark off South Carolina coast bites man on hand
2 hours ago

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) — Officials say a small shark bit a 37-year-old South Carolina man on the hand as he was swimming in waters near Charleston.

Isle of Palms Fire Chief Ann Graham says the man was swimming near the beach Thursday morning when a roughly 5-foot-long shark nipped his hand.

Graham told The (Charleston) Post and Courier that the man was visiting the area from Columbia and declined an ambulance. He went to a hospital in a personal vehicle.

The waters off Isle of Palms were closed in August last year after a man and a 9-year-old boy reported shark bites within hours of each other.

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Re: 06/26/2008 Male ( South Carolina )

Postby sharkbait » Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:36 pm

Visitor bitten by shark
Columbia man swimming in surf is nipped on hand

By Noah Haglund (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Saturday, June 28, 2008

ISLE OF PALMS — A man told authorities that a shark bit his hand while he was swimming a short distance from the beach on Thursday, the Isle of Palms fire chief said.

Officials were called to the scene near 7th Avenue at 11:19 a.m. The 37-year-old told authorities he was swimming in the breaking waves when the 4 1/2- to 5-foot-long shark nipped his hand, Fire Chief Ann Graham said.

"He needed immediate medical attention, but it didn't look like he was going to have any long-term issues," Graham said.

The man is from Columbia and had been vacationing in the area, the fire chief said. He declined to use an ambulance and went to East Cooper Medical Center in a personal vehicle.

Afterward, authorities scanned the beach but found no reason forconcern. "It was an isolated incident and we hope to keep it that way," Graham said.

Two people suffered suspected shark bites on the island on the same afternoon last August. A 9-year-old boy suffered a bite to his leg in the county park's public swimming area, and a 30-year-old man received a 3-inch gash on his ankle while bodysurfing about four blocks away.

Graham remembered the boy stopping by the fire station with a blue cast shortly after he left the hospital.

"He was doing fine, last we heard."

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