OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (Media General) – A swimmer was bitten by what emergency officials are currently describing as “marine life”, on Ocracoke Island Wednesday afternoon.
Justin Gibbs with Hyde County EMS confirms the report was called in at 12:13 p.m. from a lifeguard stand. Responding units requested a medical helicopter to transport the patient.
There are no details on the extent of the patient’s injuries, the age of the victim or exactly what unfolded. It is still an active scene.
If this incident turn out to be a confirmed shark attack, it will be the third in the Outer Banks in a week.
A 9-year-old boy was bitten by a shark Tuesday in the waters off the Isle of Palms in South Carolina.
His injuries are not life-threatening.
The East Coast has seen a spike in shark attacks in the past several weeks. Critics of beach fishing say that is what is causing the increase in swimmers getting bitten.