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teen bitten by shark off North Carolina coast
Monday, July 17, 2000
BEACH, N.C. -- A 14-year-old surfer from Florida who was beginning a weeklong
beach vacation here was attacked by a shark, leaving him with gashes in
his foot, a puncture wound in his heel and cuts on his toes.
Sunday's incident was the second shark attack off the coast of North Carolina
this summer, and one of several such attacks this year along the nation's
Tim Poynter, of Amelia Island, Fla., said the 6-foot long gray shark bumped
his surfboard first. He started paddling as fast as he could toward the
"Then I saw its mouth coming at my foot," he said, as his foot
was being prepared to be stitched at Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply.
"It was scary. It followed me all the way to the beach." About
a dozen other vacationers saw the shark from the shore, said Holden Beach
Police Chief Jerry Wilson.
Poynter had three 4- to 5-inch cuts on his foot, a puncture wound in his
heel and some other cuts on his toes, Wilson said. None of the damage was
Wilson said in his 12 years in the town, he can't recall another time when
someone was bitten by a shark.
It was the second reported shark attack along North Carolina shores this
summer -- the first just a few days before at Pine Island.
A girl vacationing with her family there was attacked by a shark in shallow
water on July 7, leaving her with a 9-inch crescent-shaped gash that required
more than 300 stitches.
Shark attacks were more common in Florida waters than anywhere else in
the world last year, with 25 people suffering bites.
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