Shark bites man swimming at Myrtle Beach

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Submitted: Tue, 06/05/2012 - 1:58pm
Updated: Tue, 06/05/2012 - 3:05pm

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (CAROLINALIVE.COM) — Myrtle Beach police say Saturday evening a man swimming near the 2nd Avenue Pier was bitten by a shark.

Beach Patrol Sergeant Phillip Cain confirmed Ryan Orellana-Moczynski, 25, from St. John, Indiana was swimming on a boogie board about a block away from the pier when an unknown type of shark bit his foot around 7:45 p.m.

“Typically sharks feed at night around dusk,” said Cain. “We would advise anyone to not swim at that time.”

Orellana-Moczynski was sent to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for his injuries.

Cain said Orellan-Moczynski’s family told police he had surgery Saturday night.

“We were told the surgery was successful, but he will have some recovery to go through,” Cain said.

Cain believes it’s possible Orellana-Moczynski ended up in a school of fish when a shark swam through with its mouth open.



  • taxpayer says:

    swimming in the ocean and a shark bites you. Almost as newsworthy as “driving on College Road and getting rear-ended.” Or…walking downtown and getting accosted by a panhandler.

  • Guestor says:

    coming on tv3 website and not having to read asinine comments from yourself and the other handful of folks who seem to not have a life but wants to pontificate on every subject.

  • Wade Griffis says:

    That would be news. The ocean belongs to sea creatures. They were there first. It is our insolence that causes problems.

  • joey says:

    Shouldn’t he have known better? Don’t swim at dusk when sharks eat and don’t swim where people throw bait in the water and fish all day. This guy had it coming and owes the shark an apology for hurting his eyes at dinner time!

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