Elderly man victim of 7th Outer Banks shark attack this year

Photo courtesy: WAVY/Twitter user Jason Greer

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) – A swimmer was bitten by a shark on Ocracoke Island Wednesday afternoon.

This is the third shark attack in the Outer Banks in a week.

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Photo courtesy: Windsor Barringer
Photo courtesy: Windsor Barringer

Justin Gibbs with Hyde County EMS confirms the report was called in around 12:30 p.m. from a lifeguard stand. According to the National Park Service, when Rangers and lifeguards responded, they found a 68-year-old man who had been attacked by a shark on his lower torso, hip, left leg and both hands. The man had been swimming about 30 feet offshore with his adult son at the time.

No one else was injured.

He was treated at the scene, then taken by ambulance to the Ocracoke Airport, where he was then flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

This is the seventh attack along the North Carolina coast so far this year.


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