Shark bites surfer's board on Folly Beach

VIDEO: Shark bites surfer's board on Folly Beach
Source: Live 5 News
Source: Live 5 News

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - A close encounter with a shark Tuesday morning took a chunk out of Jack O'Neil's surf board.

According to O'Neil, he was out Tuesday morning, taking advantage of the great waves on Folly Beach when the encounter happened.

O'Neil says his encounter with the shark happened in the area of Fourth Street on Folly around 11:30 a.m.

"I was paddling to the right and something came up and knocked my board," O'Neil said."I fell off my board, turned around and the bottom was all ripped off."

O'Neil said at first he thought he had hit a rock then realized that it was way too deep for a rock.

"I just got up on my board and I was frantic," he said."I wanted to get out of the water as fast as possible."

He said as he was nearing the shore when waves broke his board in half.

O'Neil said he then spoke to a woman and three men about the incident and hiked back to his car.

The board, which O'Neil calls "Ole Betty," will be mounted on the wall, and the other half of it will be made into a chair.

O'Neil, from New Jersey, has lived in Charleston for almost five years and has been surfing for about eight years.

He said he's never experience anything like this before, and said if he still had a board he would be out on the water.

O'Neil said the incident is not going to stop him from going back out onto the beach.

"No, of course not," he said."Sharks live in the ocean. That's where they're from."

O'Neil described the incident as unlucky because he's now out of a board.

He's now warning surfers to keep an eye out for sharks, and parts of Ole Betty.

"If anyone on fourth street, if you guys see the rest of my board, that's where it's at," O'Neil said.

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