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Beach goers react to possible shark bite on DeBordieu Beach

Beach goers gather on Pawley's Island Thursday (Source: Live 5) Beach goers gather on Pawley's Island Thursday (Source: Live 5)
GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

A DeBordieu man is recovering after he was possibly bit by a shark Thursday morning.

Jason Lesley, the Public Information Officer with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, said the man was swimming along the shoreline before 9 a.m. when he felt something bite him.

This is the first reported case of a possible spark bite this year, according to Lesley.

The man who is a resident of DeBordieu Colony said he felt something brush against his leg while swimming in the shoulder deep water and then clamp down on his left foot.

“It’s scary, it’s scary,” said Linda Fisher, of Hemingway. “There’s nothing we can do about it basically.”

“I guess if you’re by the sea you have to expect to share it with other creatures,” said Richard, of New York.

Lesley said the man kicked whatever had bit him and he swam back to the shore.

While he said he didn’t see what kind of marine species it was, the Sheriff’s Office is treating this as a possible shark bite.

“I’m a little nervous,” said Grace, of New York. “I’m not usually in the water too much, expect to maybe my knees, that’s about it. But if I was swimming I would probably get a little bit nervous about it.”

“We were up at the North Litchfield Beach and we saw something in the water and thought it might have been a shark or a dolphin,” said Kevin Sullivan, of New Hampshire. “Now that we’re hearing this we’re thinking shark. There were a lot of jellyfish that kept us out of the water, but kind of glad I didn’t go in knowing the sharks are out.”

According to the University of Florida, there have been six shark attacks in Georgetown County since 1837. Other counties like Horry and Charleston have seen more than 30.

With this recent incident, families are now on high alert.

“We always stay right with our children,” Fisher said. “We’re not going to let them get away or anything. We’re going to be right with them the whole time.”

The man who was bit this morning suffered a four-inch cut to his foot, and some puncture wounds.

Lesley said he’s expected to be okay.

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