OCRACOKE, N.C. (WNCT) – A man was injured by a shark on Ocracoke Island in the third attack on the Outer Banks this year.
It happened midday Wednesday around 12:30 p.m.
Vidant Health officials say Andrew Costello is in fair condition while recovering at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
Rescue Squad first responders and National Park Service Rangers and lifeguards responding to the report found the 68-year-old man with multiple injuries from a shark bite. He’d been swimming in about 25-30 feet offshore in waist deep water with his adult son when it happened.
Authorities say the man, who was outside the first breaker, directly in front of the lifeguard stand, encountered a grey shark, six to seven feet in length. The shark pulled him under water, biting his ribcage, hip, lower leg and both hands. Fortunately, he was able to swim close to shore, where lifeguards helped him out of the water.
Costello is identified as a visitor from Massachusetts.
No other swimmers were injured.
Hyde County EMS will have two ambulances with paramedic level service available with a third on call for the Fourth of July weekend.
This is the seventh shark attack on the North Carolina coast in recent weeks.