Teen bit­ten by shark at South Carolina is­land

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

HIL­TON HEAD IS­LAND, S.C. — Re­searchers say a teen ap­pears to have suf­fered a shark bite on South Carolina’s Hil­ton Head Is­land. Lin­ton Sut­tle tells The Is­land Packet that he was swim­ming Thurs­day near Sea Pines Beach Club when he felt a sharp pain in his foot. His par­ents used pho­tos of com­pa­ra­ble bites and an ex­change with shark re­searchers to con­firm it was a shark bite. The fam­ily re­ceived an email from Ge­orge Burgess, di­rec­tor of the Florida Pro­gram for Shark Re­search, con­firm­ing the bite was from a shark.

The North Carolina teen es­caped with­out ma­jor in­juries but had to use crutches and stay out of the ocean.

The news­pa­per says he’s the fourth shark bite vic­tim on Hil­ton Head this sum­mer. None of the bites were lifethreat­en­ing, in­di­cat­ing they were from smaller sharks.

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