Man recovering after being bitten by 6-foot shark off Sullivan's Island

Updated: May. 15, 2015 at 5:10 PM EDT
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SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A 30-year-old man is transported to a Mount Pleasant hospital after being bitten by a shark off Sullivan's Island.

Witnesses say the shark appeared to be approximately six feet long and looked like a sand shark, according to Sullivan's Island Town Administrator Andy Benke. The victim suffered injuries to his foot which required stitches, Benke said. Otherwise, the man appeared to be in good condition.

The Sullivan's Island Fire Department and EMS responded near Station 18½ just after 2 p.m. for the incident. 

Witnesses said the shark displayed no additional aggressive activity and swam away. No other sharks were sighted.

"Visitors and residents are reminded we share the Atlantic Ocean with a variety of marine life," Benke said in a statement. "As such, visitors should use caution when swimming in the ocean or engaging in water sports.

Sullivan's Island officials encourage beachgoers to use the "buddy system" when in the ocean, monitor ocean conditions for strong tide activity and avoid entering the ocean in adverse weather conditions.

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