Woman Bit By Shark At Kure Beach

KURE BEACH, N.C. (AP) -- A tourist at Kure Beach was taken to a nearby hospital after being bitten on the foot by a shark as she waded in the ocean.

Kure Beach Ocean Rescue Capt. Daniel Russell says the attack happened Wednesday evening as the woman and her boyfriend were wading in shallow water.

Russell declined to identify the woman because of medical privacy laws, but said she wasn't from the area.

Russell says she had significant lacerations to her foot and toes, and was taken by paramedics to a local hospital. He didn't have any information on her condition since the attack.

The woman's boyfriend told rescuers the shark was about six feet long.

If this is confirmed as an actual shark bite, it will mark the fourth shark bite in NC waters this year


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  • by Trey Location: Atlantic Beach on Aug 20, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    I was on the boat that had the shark attack in the ocean a couple weeks ago, so i know what this is like. And to those saying that shark bites shouldnt be in the news: why not? other than this summer, shark bites RARELY happen in NC. and there are not many other animals that can inflict that much injury in this state. So it is newsworthy. However, swimming in the evening is NOT a good idea because it is "shark feeding time" however it doesnt have to be at 5 or 6 pm as i have learned. Because the shark attack on my uncle was at 2 o clock; middle of the day. And it is true that ur taking a chance when u go in the ocean, however it is a VERY slim chance that you will get bit. And remember that the friends and families of these victims (like me) will go and read all of these comments and try to refrain from calling the victim "so stupid for going in the water at shark feeding time" because it will be seen by friends and family. thanks.
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Aug 20, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    always love Kure beach, and always on the lookout when in the water.. you must remember, when in the water you are in their KITCHEN. hope she does well, and she recovers real soon.
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      by john on Aug 21, 2011 at 01:03 PM in reply to ncyankee
      Kitchen? More like the dining area or buffet!!!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Aug 20, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    I saw a boat full of sharks that had been caught and were being sold by a commercial fisherman about 2 week's ago near davis.I dare think how many more people would be shark bait if these fishermen were not harvesting sharks.a few were in the 6 to 7 foot range.
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    "Bitten", not "Bit". Bad grammar dumbs down the news.
  • by Ladyluck Location: Winterville on Aug 20, 2011 at 02:40 AM
    Rule of thumb: If you're in the ocean, You are bait.
  • by native on Aug 19, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    The key word here is " evening" Shark feeding time!!! Hello!!!
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      by mjd on Aug 20, 2011 at 01:36 PM in reply to native
      Sharks feed any time of day.
  • by Shark/Pitt on Aug 19, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    Man some people are dumb as pitt bull owners.
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      by God on Aug 20, 2011 at 04:42 PM in reply to Shark/Pitt
      You all are a bunch of fools.
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        by SharkPitt on Aug 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM in reply to God
        Your name is blasphemy!Now who is the fool.
  • by The Echo Location: Kinston on Aug 19, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    Last time I was at the beach, I din't see a welcome mat, so my feet stayed on the sand. Hope her wounds heal soon, physically and psychologically. It's a shame that so much of the economy on the coast relies on the tourists trade when it seems to be the "summer of the shark". I guess we should wait until it's officially declared a shark bite before when pass judgement. But I guess the boyfriend being right beside her and witnessing it is declaration enough.
  • by The Echo Location: Kinston on Aug 19, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    Last time I was at the beach, I din't see a welcome mat, so my feet stayed on the sand. Hope her wounds heal soon, physically and psychologically. It's a shame that so much of the economy on the coast relies on the tourists trade when it seems to be the "summer of the shark". I guess we should wait until it's officially declared a shark bite before when pass judgement. But I guess the boyfriend being right beside her and witnessing it is declaration enough.
  • by Jeb Location: NH on Aug 19, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    We need to get the Commercial quota back up. Less being caught and sold for food, more shark attacks. Simple math. Don't need to be a Scientist to figure that one out.
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      by mjd on Aug 20, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to Jeb
      You don't need to be a scientist to figure out that if you go in the ocean you're fair game. A person being bitten by a snake in the woods isn't news worhty, so why are shark bites? (I don't say attacks because that term isn't used with other animals that bite like snakes or spiders, so why sharks?)
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        by John on Aug 21, 2011 at 01:02 PM in reply to mjd
        Cause, mjd, a shark can DEVOUR you... as in you're alive for at least the first few chunks being taken from your flesh. A snake or spider cannot...
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