We have vacationed at Topsail since 1998. We go again this week. My son was 9 in July 2008 when were were there (Surfide part of Topsail) He was bitten by a shark. My husband was beside him (about 2.5 feet deep water-pretty shallow around 3pm) and actually lifted it out of the water, about 4 feet long-several of us saw it. It immediately let go. My son was hysterical and I nearly had an attack assuming he was really hurt. Fortunately because my husband pulled the shark up it immediately released his foot, it only tore his toes up a bit, no stitches nothing major at all. Another attack happened the same day down the beach and that mom pulled the girl backwards out of the water and the shark kept on biting her foot, she had to get stitches. Anyway, we were treated sorta the same way by officials when I reported it. And after reading and educating myself more, I get that it is more risk riding in my car than swimming. All the same, we make sure we are close by and swimming with a "buddy" when in the water. My son was back in the water the next year, loves telling his SHARK TALE.
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