Shark bites teen at North Topsail Beach

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WITN) – On Sunday, beachgoers rushed to aid a 14-year-old boy after a shark bit him while he was in shallow waters around 12:30 p.m.

Chief William Younginer of the North Topsail Police Department reported, “Nobody saw the shark come and go, but he got a pretty good bite in the thigh.”

Witnesses expressed shock and concern over the incident. Kaleb Contes said, “I thought it was horrible. It’s dangerous. So many people come here and don’t know what to expect in the water. It’s scary.”

Emergency Medical Services and police, initially responding to another call, swiftly attended to the situation after beachgoers alerted them.

Chief Younginer noted, “People started yelling about somebody being hurt. Both officers and EMS went directly out there. It took about two minutes to respond, which is good.”

While shark bites are common along the East Coast, they are rare for North Topsail Beach. Chief Younginer praised the quick response of beach visitors and emergency personnel.

“I’ve been here since 2018,” said Chief Younginer. “We have had some other problems like stingrays, but not sharks. Everybody acted quickly. They got him out of the water, stabilized him, started putting pressure on the wound, and wrapped it up. They called 911, and people ran to get help so it really ended as it should.”

The teenager was transported to Naval Medical Center and is expected to recover. There is no ongoing investigation into the incident.

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