Surfer Tangles With Shark During ESA Contest

Surfer Tangles With Shark During ESA Contest

According to a report on thestate.com a 10-year surfer from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina had a run in with what’s assumed to be a bull shark. The incident happened during the S.C. Governor’s Cup of Surfing, a two-day competition at The Washout on Folly Beach’s northern end. “The shark got tangled in his leash,” said Nancy Hussey, a director of the Southern South Carolina District of the Eastern Surfing Association.

CHARLESTON, SC — An 8-foot bull shark attacked a 10-year-old surfer during a contest this afternoon on Folly Beach.

But as the shark’s jaws snatched his surfboard, the Myrtle Beach boy escaped unscathed about 5:30 p.m. when he unhooked the leash connecting his arm to the board. That allowed him to paddle away from his board and the ferocious fish.

“The shark got tangled in his leash,” said Nancy Hussey, a director of the Southern South Carolina District of the Eastern Surfing Association who watched the scene unfold. “He had the presence of mind to remove his leash, and I think that’s what saved him.”

Two other surfers swam out and helped the boy to shore as five lifeguards also came to his aid. He was shaken, but not hurt.

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