Our young family member survived a potentially fatal shark attack on the leg in 3-4 feet of water at Holden Beach in August 2011 on a sunny beach day. The beach officials and mayors always say "these shark attacks rarely happen". Perhaps it is infrequent, but shark attacks do happen on these family beaches. I don't know to prevent them. But be careful out in the waves, especially if you have children. You never want to see anyone, especially children, go through this type of trauma.
p.s. Brunswick County Medical Center provided outstanding emergency care
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