INJURED – 21 August 2005 – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, US – swimmer

An eight-year-old boy, Jacob Kolessar, was swimming with his grandfather Sunday morning at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, US, when he was bitten on his side and chest by what experts believe to be a small black tip shark.

His aunt, Stephanie Laibinis, told media he was recovering and had received numerous stitches to his side and chest.

According to the press the boy told emergency workers he had seen several small fish swimming near him. Shark experts said the bite was probably unintentional as Black Tip sharks prefer small bait fish which they feed on near the shore. “They don’t have an interest in man as prey.”

The Kolessar family, from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, was vacationing at the beach.

According to statistics compiled by the Florida Museum of Natural History there have been few shark bites in the Carolinas in the past 10 years and no fatal attacks in South Carolina since the 1800s.

Chris Humphrey was attacked by a shark at Holden Beach, North Carolina, in mid-July.

  • Meanwhile, a park ranger at Fort Fisher Recreational Area told the press there had been an unconfirmed bite at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, earlier in August.

Source: MyrtleBeachOnline.com

Advertisements
Explore posts in the same categories: Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: