Woman bitten by shark at South Carolina's Folly Beach; injuries reported as minor

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) - Folly Beach got its first recorded shark bite of the year Saturday, as a 36-year-old woman was bitten in the area of 1655 E. Ashley Ave.

Officials with the Folly Beach Fire Department said the woman was bitten on the left foot and the bite diameter was 5 inches.

She was taken to a local hospital with minimal injuries and minimal blood loss. 

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Last year, according to data reported by the ISAF 2016 Worldwide Shark Attack Summary, there were only two confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in South Carolina. Thirty-two bites were recorded in Florida and three were recorded in North Carolina.

The study shows surfers and others participating in board sports were attacked the most often and accounted for 58 percent of all 2016 cases in the United States. Attacks on those swimming and wading in the water only accounted for about 32 percent of incidents.

While those stats seem frightening, the ISAF reports people are more likely to be involved in deadly DIY accidents, lightning strikes, and bicycle mishaps than attacked by a shark.


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