Sunday, August 11, 2013

SC Surfer Narrowly Misses Being Bitten by 8 Foot Bull Shark

Ocean Surf Shop Folly Beach surf report Sept 10, 2013
A Surfer competing in the 2013 South Carolina Governor's Cup of Surfing narrowly missed being bitten by an eight foot bull shark.

The incident occurred off Folly Beach, SC at around 5:30pm on Sunday August 11, 2013.  The 10-year-old surfer was on his board when the shark bit down narrowly missing him.  The shark became entangled in the board's leash and the boy from Myrtle Beach was was able to unhook the leash from his arm and swim to safety.

Other surfers and several lifeguards also came to the surfer's aid and helped him out of the water.  He was not injured but was obviously shaken from the experience.  The water was immediately cleared and the remainder of the competition was postponed until next month.

Bull sharks have a reputation for being aggressive and on occasion, they have attacked swimmers without provocation but officials noted that such incidents in South Carolina are rare.  In this year's Shark Week episode titled "Most Aggressive Sharks on Earth," the bull shark was rated number one.
Photo credit: Ocean Surf Shop FB Page

News Accounts:
Surfer, 10, escapes injury as 8-foot bull shark attacks during Folly Beach contest - Post & Courier
Shark attacks 10-year-old contestant during surf contest at Folly Beach - The State