INJURED — 18 July 2007 — North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, US — wader attacked
Matthew Baker, 14, was bitten by a shark on the right calf while standing in knee deep water off North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, United States. The incident occurred around 12.30pm on Wednesday, 18 July 2007.
He was treated at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
Doctors treated two 2-inch gashes and a number of puncture wounds between Baker’s knee and ankle, according to media reports. He was released from hospital later the same day.
Witnesses report seeing a group a 3 foot Gray sharks approach Matthew and friends he was swimming with.
Matthew said he did not realise it was a shark that had bit him — thinking it was a friend of his playing with him — then he heard witnesses screaming “shark” nearby and immediately swam to shore.