Bite could be 2nd N.C. shark attack in 2 weeks


OCEAN ISLE, N.C. (AP) - A teen says he was bitten by a shark while surfing off the southern coast of North Carolina.

WSOC reported 19-year-old Austin Reed is expected to be fine after receiving what officials have described as a "marine bite" in Ocean Isle.

Reed's grandmother told news outlets her grandson's injury resembled a "deep tooth bite." Reed's father said his son had surgery to close an approximately 10-inch wound on his foot.

The News & Observer reported that if confirmed as a shark bite, this would be the second shark attack in North Carolina this month. Last weekend, 17-year-old Paige Winter lost most of her leg from a shark bite received at Fort Macon State Park.

The Washington Post reported Winter's father punched the shark five times before it released Winter.