Shark Attack Victim Saw Several Sharks In The Water

The man attacked off the Beaufort Inlet Thursday is speaking out about his experience, and says the shark left something in his leg: a tooth.

Don White of South Carolina says doctors pulled a shark tooth out of his leg before sewing the wound up with 120 stitches. White still has the tooth.

White says he was bitten by the 8-foot bull shark as he was finishing up a family fishing trip, just to cool off. He says after the attack he got back into the boat and saw several sharks swimming in the water beneath the boat.

"As far as swimming in the ocean or taking a dip in the ocean while we are out fishing again, it will never happen again," White said.



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A man who was bitten by a shark while off our coast has been released from the hospital.

Carteret General Hospital says Donnie White was released this morning.

Authorities say the 54-year-old South Carolina man was on a boat fishing about 13 miles off Morehead City when he went into the water to cool off. He was bitten on the lower leg by the shark.


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A man is recovering after authorities tell us he was bitten on the lower leg by a shark in the waters off Carteret County Thursday.

Morehead City Fire & Rescue says the man was on a boat fishing about 13 miles out when the bite happened. The man apparently got in the water to cool off.

Rescue officials say the boat came to shore along the Morehead City waterfront where rescue efforts began.

The Carteret County News-Times identifies the victim as 54-year-old Donnie White of South Carolina.

The man was transported to Carteret General Hospital. Officials there told WITN the man did not give them authorization to release his status to the media.

The circumstances in Thursday's incident are a little different than the two other shark bites along the coast where swimmers were bitten, including 6-year-old Lucy Mangum, who was bitten in early July in Ocracoke while swimming with a boogie board in 18-inch deep water with her parents.

Also in July a 10-year-old girl was bitten by a shark while visiting North Topsail Beach.


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  • by Trey Location: Atlantic Beach on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    Its Trey, and again i was on the boat. In fact i was the one who was driving. After we finished fishing, actually having a great day with about 10 triggerfish, a grouper, a couple ringtail, and a 40 inch cobia. We picked up our lines and were driving back home when we decided to get int he water to cool off. I lookde at the sonar and looked on teh GPS to make sure there was nothing around us. We jumped in too cool off and within 30 seconds, he started screaming "'something bit me". We immediately got him out of the water and raced back home where we met the EMS at sanitary fish market. We are in no way blaming the shark, its their ocean, and if they want a snack... they can get one anytime. We knew that. And if your a fisheman, this is a common practice to you... we having been doing it for years, this is the first time something has ever happened though.
  • by Matt Location: Greenville on Aug 15, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    He saw SEVERAL sharks in the water??? Oh my goodness...why isn't this on the national news??? We need to alert everyone now!!!! There are sharks in the water!!!!
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      by Clifton on Aug 15, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to Matt
      And the one that bit him got away also now that means there are even MORE sharks in the water. Wonder if we can put up wall between the shore and water to keep the sharks away??
  • by Vickie Location: Afghanistan on Aug 15, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    Tree hugging people are just weird!
  • by newport Location: newport on Aug 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    On saturday we were at the oceana pier in morehead city and we watched some people cleaning fish they were throwing the entrails into the water of the pier and there was a large group of people around and when we looked there were about 7-10 very large sharks swimming around and feeding off the chum----this was very close to shore how stupid can you be there are kids and people swimming there-----just like you wouldnt lure a strang pitbull with a steak why would you lure those huge sharks with chum----from atop the pier they looked about 5-7 ft long but im sure next to them they were much longer and they looked to weigh at least 500-1000 lbs---while they were absolutely georgeous they were absolutely stupid for feeding them that close to shore
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      by Moderators Nightmare on Aug 15, 2011 at 07:00 PM in reply to newport
      First of all Oceana Pier is in Atlantic Beach. 2nd fish guts and sharks have been around that pier since the late 50's-early 60's and no one has been attacked there. As long as they have the fish guts why wold they want to snack on us?
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        by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:45 PM in reply to Moderators Nightmare
        It's called a feeding frenzy. That's why.
  • by cottonmouth on Aug 15, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    It's the old lie down with dogs get up with fleas thing.
  • by Dad of young grom on Aug 13, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    I swear my daughter has watched soul surfer 20 times, and she gets highly upset if I do not take her surfing at least 3-4 times a week. Heck, I get upset when I am unable to surf. I have surfed since 8 years old, and I am now 50. My daughter loves it, and as soon as my 2 year old son is ready, he will surf. He gets extremely upset when me and my daughter surf, so I look forward to the day I buy him a board. I am so lucky to live near the beach, and I would not know what to do without our awesome beaches!! Sharks own the ocean, and we are merely their guest. Respect the beach, and teach your kids to surf. No better feeling in the world.
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      by Vickie on Aug 15, 2011 at 01:24 PM in reply to Dad of young grom
      What in the world are you jibbering about here??!!!
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        by Wharf Rat on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:21 PM in reply to Vickie
        Lol! I was wondering the same thing, I almost went nuts trying to read that comment.
  • by fisherfish Location: manteo on Aug 12, 2011 at 05:07 PM
    13 miles off shore? And he goes swimming? Duh!
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      by uh on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:01 PM in reply to fisherfish
      during shark week, no less
  • by uh Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    "Man Bitten By Shark Out Of Hospital" .. why was the shark in the hospital to begin with?!
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      by Quint on Aug 13, 2011 at 09:52 AM in reply to uh
      .... must have been something he ate.
  • by Dark Horse on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    When the shark bites...
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    Well he was fishing wasn't he?
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