08/17/2011 Trang Aronian ( North Carolina )

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08/17/2011 Trang Aronian ( North Carolina )

Postby alb » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:23 pm

Shark bites tourist at Kure Beach

KURE BEACH | A tourist in her early 20s was injured by a Wednesday shark attack in Kure Beach, said Daniel Russell, a medical captain with Kure Beach Ocean Rescue.


The attack occurred around 5 p.m. in the ocean in the vicinity of the H Avenue beach access.

“The victim and the victim’s boyfriend, who was actually present when the attack took place, said that they actually saw the shark,” Russell said. The couple was standing side by side in knee- to thigh-deep water. The woman felt the shark grab the top of her foot and jerk her. Her boyfriend felt the jerk on her as the shark tugged her away a bit. The shark then let go.

The couple said the shark was about 6 feet long.

“There were lacerations to the top and bottom of the foot and toes – fairly deep,” Russell said.

Lifeguards responded and the victim’s boyfriend had pulled her onto the beach. Lifeguards applied pressure to the wound and turned the woman over to EMS.

Russell said he could not release the woman’s name because of medical privacy laws. He did not have an update on her condition.

“She was a little shaken up,” he said.


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Re: 08/17/2011 Trang Aronian ( North Carolina )

Postby alb » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:03 pm

Shark bites tourist at Kure Beach

Trang Aronian was wading in knee-high waves at Kure Beach on Wednesday when she felt something latch onto the top of her foot and tug.

"Something bit me," she exclaimed, according to her husband, Matt, who was standing beside her.

Matt felt the shark pull her, so he yanked back, jerking his wife's foot out of the animal's jaws.

"As we were running ashore, the shark kept chasing us … It didn't stop until we were about 5 feet from the shoreline," Matt said in a phone interview Friday. "My brother said he saw the fear in our eyes."

Kure Beach officials confirmed Friday that a shark between 4- and 6-feet long bit Trang, 28, about 5 p.m. Wednesday in the vicinity of the H Avenue beach access. The attack occurred about 15 feet from shore in about a foot of water.

The bite left deep cuts on the top and bottom of Trang's foot. Her husband said she was treated and released from the hospital but received more than 60 stitches and is using crutches. Matt believes it was a Tiger Sand Shark, but that could not be corroborated Friday night.

"It's her whole foot. It ripped the skin right off," he said. "She's in pain."

The couple was visiting Kure Beach from Massachusetts with family when the attack occurred. The event was particularly distressing, Matt said, because their three young children had been playing in that same spot only moments before the shark pounced.

After the bite, Matt pulled his wife ashore and tied a shirt around the top of her knee to slow the bleeding. Lifeguards responding to the scene wrapped up Trang's foot, loaded her onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.

The couple felt rattled after their encounter. "I don't know if I'm going to be able to enjoy the water now," Matt lamented.

But at least they leave North Carolina with a tale to tell. "She has a good bar story now," Matt joked. "She can outdo me."

While they often frighten the public, shark bites are extremely rare. Worldwide, there are about 75 unprovoked attacks each year, and about 10 of those are fatal, according to the International Shark Attack File, a program administered by the Florida Museum of Natural History. People are more likely to die from a bee sting than a shark.

Between 1935 and 2010, there were 41 confirmed attacks in North Carolina, mostly in New Hanover, Onslow and Carteret counties. That is an average of about one every two years. The last fatality, according to the shark attack file, occurred in Dare County in 2001.

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