Bull shark bites 10-year-old surfer's board, postponing competition

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Swimmers on Folly Beach are being cautioned after a shark bit a 10-year-old boy's surfboard during a competition.

Folly Beach Public Safety Director Dennis Brown said a bull shark, estimated to be between six to eight feet in length, was spotted in the area of 1500 East Ashley Avenue on Sunday during the South Carolina Governor's Cup of Surfing.

Brown said the shark made contact with a surfer's surfboard.  The surfer, a 10-year-old boy, was not injured was able to escape after unhooking his leash, according to the Post and Courier.

Nancy Hussey is a director of the Southern South Carolina District of the Eastern Surfing. She says she saw the scene unfold and thinks the shark got tangled in the leash.  Swimming in that area is not advisable, according to Brown.

After the attack, contest workers cleared the water and the remaining competitions were postponed until next month.

Bull sharks are known for their aggression and swimming in warm, shallow waters. But officials say such attacks in the area have been rare.

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