16-Year-Old Boy Survives N.C. Shark Attack That Left Him with 40 Puncture Wounds
A 16-year-old North Carolina beach-goer survived a shark attack in the water last week that left him with 17 stitches and almost 40 stab wounds.
Oak Ridge's Nick Arthur and his family were enjoying a day out in Cape Hatteras on Thursday when the incident occurred, Fox subsidiary WGHP reported.
Around 4 p.m. he jumped on a sandbar over waves. and was about 25 feet off the coast when the animal struck, the National Park Service said.
Nick said the pressure of the bite was "intense" and he quickly realized that his attacker had to be an animal.
"I didn't know what it was, so I tried to lift my leg out of the water and I saw," Oh my god, there is a 5 foot shark attached to my leg, "he said to WGHP." Mine Hands were bleeding. There was only a lot of blood and sand mixed together. I couldn't really see what was going on. "
Jeffrey Greenberg / Universal Images Group on the Getty Cape Hatteras National Seashore road sign
Nick was in the water with his sister and father Tim, who told CNN that at first he thought his son was just having fun.
"At first I thought he was screaming for joy, and then I looked at him and saw the shark," he said to CNN. "He shouted: 'Take it from me! Let me go! "And I jumped into action."
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When Nick tried to open the shark's mouth to free his leg, Tim started hitting and kicking the animal and finally slapping it so hard in the nose that it released his son.
"I don't think we did anything special, but it was enough to make him realize that there was easier prey out there," Tim told WGHP.
The teenager was treated for injuries at a medical facility in Nags Head and later released the same night, the National Park Service said.
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He was reportedly given 17 stitches and almost 40 bite wounds.
"Even if it's a small option, it's still an option," he told WGHP. "I thought," It will never happen. "Nobody believes it will happen to them until it happens to them."
According to a Charlotte Observer report published in July 2019, there have been at least 32 "unprovoked" shark attacks in North Carolina since 2010. At that time, it ranked fifth in the United States in terms of the number of shark attacks in the past decade.
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