FIRST ON 3: OIB first responders not sure what bit boy in water
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OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Another scare this morning in Brunswick County, as emergency workers responded to an apparent animal bite in the water off the 100 block of West 1st Street in Ocean Isle Beach.

"I heard the word 'shark" and 'Call 911,' so I got out my phone and called 911," witness Holly Kindig said.

It's not quite the scene that many visitors expected Tuesday at Ocean Isle Beach.

"I just saw the little boy running out of the water screaming," Kindig said. "At first you couldn't tell whether it was a frantic scream or playing, but I saw his mom run down to him."

Witnesses speculated, because of the size of the wound, that it was a bluefish, stingray or small shark. Mayor Debbie Smith also said first responders believed it was a bluefish bite.

"You could see where there had been blood, where they had cleaned up, but definitely a gash of at least a good 6 to 8 inches," witness Domingo Herraiz said.

Whether it was a shark, a ray or a bluefish that caused the deep puncture wound, families at Ocean Isle Beach said they planned to spend the rest of the day out of the water.

"It's kind of hard to say, 'Sure go on back in there,'" witness Chase Bryan said. "I'm sure that the chances of somebody else getting attacked again are slim to none, but they're not to excited about getting back in there."

Witnesses also say that when they rushed down around the boy they heard him say he felt something the size of his arm swim between his legs before he was bit.

The scare has many beach visitors wary.

"It does make us a little more hesitant," Kindig said. "I'm sure we'll go in, at least somewhat, but be cautious. He was in shallow water when it happened."

Officials have not released the name of the victim.

This is the second bite at Ocean Isle Beach this summer. Last month a shark bit a six-year-old girl on the leg.

This is not the first call of its kind at Ocean Isle Beach this summer. Last month a shark bit a six-year-old Ohio girl who was on vacation with her family.

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I would be happy if shark attacks of any kind were not shown to the public people cant handle anything they dont understand like a few on here have said. I get in the water I run the risk Period! get over it. People in the OBX make a living off tourists and tard reporters and ignorant people hurt their way of life because someone swam out to far or unluckily stepped in front of a hunting shark.

That offshore mermaid trash just let their dog fish roam all over the ocean. We need to hold these bottom dwellers accountable!

Another example of OIB trying not to scare tourists by covering up story. Las sark bite covered up for four days!!!! Unbelievable

i never heard the mayor come out and say the 1st was a shark... i saw the girl, saw the pics online and heard the mayor say it had not yet been confirmed that it was a shark... i tell you what, looking at the pics it had to be a shark with a bite pattern like that... if anyone says it's a blue, i would hate to meet any bluefish w/ a mouth width to leave bite marks like that. it was a shark, don't listen to politicians and their lip service.

a slow news day.

"No word what hospital the child will be taken to."

Dosher or Novant

where were these people from??

Father of child is my best friend. I've seen the wounds. Shark. Not bluefish. Shark. No question. Bite pattern is clearly a shark.

Is anybody listening out there? The ocean belongs to the fish and other mammals who live there! We intrude at our risk.

You got bit. Tough stuff! That is what swimming pools are for. The only hazzard there is kids who pee in the pool.

Just remember....you're swimming in THEIR grocery store.

Amen to that. If you drive a car, you may get in an accident; if you walk in the woods, you may be bitten by a snake or attacked by a cupacabra; if you run with scissors, you may fall & stab yourself; if you sit too close to the tv, you may go cross eyed. I can go on & on & on but we are in their environment & things like this can happen.

So right you are. Never heard of a fish chasing anybody up the beach.

No fish chasing anyone on the beach...but there have been a few Flying Fish sucked into some jet engines creating some chower down below!!