06/10/2019 - Austin Reed - North Carolina

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06/10/2019 - Austin Reed - North Carolina

Post by alb » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:34 pm

Austin Reed shark attack at Ocean Isle Beach North Carolina USA shark attack off the coast of North Carolina


19-year-old surfer wounded in possible shark attack off North Carolina coast

A teenage surfer was rushed to the hospital on Monday after suffering from a possible shark attack off the coast of North Carolina, officials said.

The 19-year-old boy was bitten at around 2 p.m. while surfing in waters off Ocean Isle Beach, located along the southern portion of the state’s coastline. Emergency workers said he sustained a bite to the soft tissue area of his right foot.

First responders said they were able to control the “serious bleeding” before transferring him to a hospital in Wilmington -- about 50 miles northeast of the scene. They said the teen, identified by family as Austin Reed, appeared to be in stable condition and was talking with staff along the way.

(MORE: 17-year-old girl wounded in shark attack off North Carolina beach )
"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," Austin Reed told ABC News in an interview from the hospital. "It's pretty bad. And I looked at it and there was blood everywhere."

Officials with the Ocean Isle Police Department and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are investigating the incident to confirm the type of bite he suffered.

PHOTO: A 19-year-old surfer suffered from a suspected shark bite off Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina. WWAY
A 19-year-old surfer suffered from a suspected shark bite off Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina.
The boy’s family, including his mother, who is an ER nurse, said they panicked when they saw him running across the beach bleeding. His grandmother said he appeared to suffer from a "deep tooth bite."

Reed said the wound from the bite went right to the bone, "I think they were talking about maybe physical therapy, but I'm able to move my toes. Except for my little one. So they say that recovery-wise it won’t be that bad. Just like stitch it up and wait for everything to heal."

Reed said he hadn't planned to go surfing Tuesday, but went because he didn't want his friend to be out alone.

“Austin is one to goof around a lot so [we] thought he was just kidding,” the teen’s brother told ABC affiliate WWAY on Monday. "Yeah, I guess he really nonchalantly was like, 'Yeah, I got bit by a shark,' and everybody was like 'What!?' and then they saw the blood and stuff. He's alright."


"I think I’m gonna be a pool person for a little bit, but I think I'll definitely go back to the beach," Reed said. "It won't stop me."

The terrifying incident came about a week after another North Carolina teenager lost her leg in a shark attack about three hours away.


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