Boy bitten by shark off South Carolina coast

Jul 2, 2015 12:23 PM by News Staff

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. --There's been another shark attack in the waters off the coast of the Carolinas.

Area media outlets report that a 12-year-old boy was bitten while swimming off the Isle of Palms northeast of Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday.

The youngster was swimming with a cousin about 15 feet out in the surf about 6 p.m. when he was bitten.

According to Cynthia Wilson, manager at the Isle of Palms County Park, lifeguards saw a bite to the boy's leg, CBS affiliate WCSC reports.

The youth required eight stitches to close the wound.

There have been at least two shark attacks off the South Carolina coast this year.

Seven people have been attacked by sharks along the North Carolina coast in the past three weeks.

The most recent was Wednesday when a 68-year-old man was injured off Ocracoke Island. A spokeswoman at the Greenville, North Carolina, hospital where he was taken said Wednesday night that the man, Andrew Costello, was in fair condition.

The shark was grey and about six to seven feet long, officials told CBS Raleigh affiliate WRAL-TV. Costello is a former editor-in-chief of the Boston Herald, the newspaper reported early Thursday.

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