Man taken to hospital after being 'nipped' by shark off Sullivan's Island

Man taken to hospital after being 'nipped' by shark off Sullivan's Island

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A 35-year-old man was taken to the hospital after getting bitten by a small shark off Sullivan's Island Monday afternoon.

Town Administrator Andy Benke said emergency crews responded to the beach near Station 22 at 4:20 p.m. for a shark bite.

According to Benke, a man was in knee deep water when he was "nipped" by a small shark estimated to be three to four feet in length.

"The bite was confirmed to be from a shark based on a visual sighting by the victim," Benke said.

Officials said although the wounds were not life threatening, he was transported to a local hospital for further medical attention.

Benke said the incident scene was cleared at 4:55 p.m.

Bystanders had a chance to watch the scene unfold.

"I looked up, and there were two beach patrol cars going by pretty fast," Wills Baker, who was visiting Sullivan's Island, said. "I didn't think too much about it and then come to realize somebody had been bitten."

Sylvia Leevan was on the beach with family when first responders arrived. She said she was impressed to see a quick response from the crews.

"The response team was absolutely fantastic," Leevan said. "The police came, the EMS came and finally we had about nine vehicles."

Beach goers said the day's events serve as reminder to stay vigilant.

"It's always good to keep an eye on it. When you have children in the water, you're more concerned," Leevan said. "We should all be careful and looking out and not go too deep in the water at these times."

Baker said such incidents are hard to prevent.

"To see dolphins, alligators and sharks," Baker said, "I guess you have to realize those things are out there and you have to be aware. I don't know what you could do to prevent it."

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