The 15-year-old boy had bit marks on his leg and arm


A 15-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in South Carolina on Thursday.

The boy suffered bite marks to his leg and hand while surfing in waist-deep water in Murrells Inlet, WBTW reported.

Catherine Medlin, an eyewitness, told WMBF that she was in her beach house when she “heard ‘help’ and the word ‘shark.’ I looked and there was a boy with his hand up in the air and his friends scooped him up and carried him to the sand.”

Another witness, Ashley Hedtke, ran into the water to help and said the boy yelled, “I got bit by a shark.”

Bystanders lay the victim on the shore and wrapped towels around his wounds. “There was a lot of blood, so it was scary for a teenage boy,” Hedtke added.

He was taken by ambulance to a local for hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. WBTW reports that the boy was bitten on the ankle, calf and sustained a third bite to the hand when he attempted to stop the attack. A physician at the hospital confirmed in a statement that the injuries are shark bites.

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Other beach goers haven’t been so lucky. Thursday’s attack was the seventh attack this summer on in the Carolinas. Some victims in North Carolina have suffered amputations.

While authorities have assured the public that shark attacks are rare and even given tips to prevent being attacked, some North Carolina beachgoers are taking matters into their own hands.

Last month one couple ventured into the water carrying personal shark cages, but they didn’t make it far before a lifeguard whistled them back to shore.