North Carolina shark attack victim says fortunate to survive

By EMERY P. DALESIO

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The latest survivor in a record-breaking string of seven North Carolina shark attacks says he’s very fortunate to have survived, thanks to the emergency help he received after struggling ashore.

Sixty-eight-year-old Andrew Costello said Thursday the attack was frightening and painful, and he’s focused on recovering. The Wareham, Massachusetts, resident was bitten repeatedly in waist-deep water off Ocracoke Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The seven people attacked by sharks in the past three weeks are the most for the state’s coast in the 80 years for which the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File keeps records.

Gov. Pat McCrory says safety officials are trying to find patterns in the attacks that might improve visitor safety for the key tourism region.

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