7th shark attack in NC reported in Ocracoke

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HYDE COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We’re working to learn more about a seventh shark attack victim in our state this year.

The National Park Service said emergency crews responded to a reported shark bite off the Ocracoke coast. Pictures from the scene had crews on the beach at around 1:00 p.m. but according to the Hyde County’s Twitter page, the bite happened around 12:10 p.m. in the NPS day use area.

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Emergency responders prepare to transport shark attack victim in Ocracoke Island. (Photo courtesy: Windsor Barringer)
Emergency responders prepare to transport shark attack victim in Ocracoke Island. (Photo courtesy: Windsor Barringer)

A county spokesperson said the man was swimming directly in front of the lifeguard stand at around the when he told first responders a shark about six or seven feet bit him and pulled him under water. The man sustained several bites to his rib cage, hip, lower leg, and both hands. Justin Gibbs, the director of emergency services in Hyde County, said the 68-year-old man was in waist-deep water about 25 feet off shore. He was then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Ocracoke is in Hyde County and is part of the Outer Banks.