OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) – A swimmer was bitten by a shark on Ocracoke Island Wednesday afternoon.
This is the third shark attack in the Outer Banks in a week.
Justin Gibbs with Hyde County EMS confirms the report was called in around 12:30 p.m. from a lifeguard stand. According to the National Park Service, when Rangers and lifeguards responded, they found a 68-year-old man who had been attacked by a shark on his lower torso, hip, left leg and both hands. The man was swimming about 30 feet offshore with his adult son when a grey shark, six or seven feet in length, pulled him under the water.
The Associated Press reports he suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the animal.
He was treated at the scene, then taken by ambulance to the Ocracoke Airport, where he was then flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.
Hyde County EMS says it will have two ambulances at the ready, with a third on call, for the Fourth of July weekend.
No one else was injured.
This is the seventh attack along the North Carolina coast so far this year.