Two people were bitten by sharks in the waters off Myrtle Beach in South Carolina on Thursday – with one of the victims requiring hundreds of stitches from the vicious attack.
Pittsburgh native Karren Sites was enjoying the first day of a family vacation as she was swimming in the shallows with her 8-year-old grandson when a shark swam up and chewed on her arm.
“I just felt something bit me and there was a shark on my arm. I was only in waist deep water. I kept pushing to get it off my arm and it did,” Sites told WPDE.
Her grandson Brian was only 10 feet away and saw the shark attack her.
“I couldn’t even see the shark come up, but all I saw was the shark jumped up and didn’t even bite, like I saw the tail move to the side and then she screamed a little bit and as soon as she touched it, it fell into the water,” the 8-year-old explained.
Sites was taken to the hospital, where she underwent surgery and hundreds of stitches.
Daniel Abel, a professor of marine sciences at Coastal Carolina University, told the outlet that the shape of the wound made it “clearly a shark bite.”
“My condolences to the victim, this is a terrible thing,” he added.
Later Thursday, another person was bitten by a shark just blocks away, the Myrtle Beach Police Department told WPDE. No further details were initially available about the incident.
Although the attack happened just after midday, Abel said it’s best not to swim at dawn or dusk at this time of year, when there aren’t many people in the water and sharks are feeding. He also warned against swimming when there are schools of fish near shore or fishing piers.
Sites said she will be back on the beach as soon as doctors clear her. Her grandson said he won’t be back in the ocean anytime soon.
“I sit on the sand, but I don’t go in the water,” Brian said.
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