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Boy survives after being bitten by a shark off South Carolina coast

A 10-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while splashing in waist-deep water along the South Carolina coast, according to the boy’s mother.

Tonya Turrell told the Island Packet of Hilton Head that her son Jei was bitten in the right forearm while he and his brother were playing just before 3pm on Sunday on Hilton Head Island.

Turrell said the family had been at the beach about an hour when she heard her son screaming ‘Shark!’ and saw blood.

 

Jei Turrell, 10, was bitten by a shark while splashing in waist-deep water along the South Carolina coast on Sunday

Jei underwent surgery on his right forearm (pictured) after he was rushed to a hospital

Jei underwent surgery on his right forearm (pictured) after he was rushed to a hospital

‘He is a trooper,’ said Turrell, who wrapped Jei’s arm in a towel and went to a lifeguard for help. ‘He is so brave.’

Jei was flown to the Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

The teeth of the shark cut all the way to the bone on the boy’s forearm. His mother said she believes the shark was about 4 to 5 feet long. 

He underwent surgery Sunday and Turrell said he’s recovering but likely wouldn’t want to venture back into the ocean anytime soon.

Experts at the Florida Museum of Natural History confirmed the shark bite from photos of the wound but were not sure what kind of shark it was.

Turrell said she wouldn’t have let her children go into the water if she’d known about recent, frequent water evacuations in the Hilton Head Island area. 

The teeth of the shark cut all the way to the bone on the boy's forearm. His mother said she believes the shark was about 4 to 5 feet long

The teeth of the shark cut all the way to the bone on the boy’s forearm. His mother said she believes the shark was about 4 to 5 feet long

Tonya Turrell (left) told the Island Packet of Hilton Head that her son was bitten while he and his brother (right) were playing Sunday on Hilton Head Island

Tonya Turrell (left) told the Island Packet of Hilton Head that her son was bitten while he and his brother (right) were playing Sunday on Hilton Head Island

Experts at the Florida Museum of Natural History confirmed the shark bite from photos of the wound but were not sure what kind of shark it was. Jei is pictured during a fishing trip 

Experts at the Florida Museum of Natural History confirmed the shark bite from photos of the wound but were not sure what kind of shark it was. Jei is pictured during a fishing trip 

Just two hours after Jei (pictured with his mother and father) was attacked, beachgoers discovered a shark that had washed up on Tybee Island along Georgia's coast

Just two hours after Jei (pictured with his mother and father) was attacked, beachgoers discovered a shark that had washed up on Tybee Island along Georgia’s coast

According to Mike Wagner, operations manager for Hilton Head Island Shore Beach Service, those happen almost daily during the summer season. 

Some of those evacuations are for shark sightings or lightning strikes, but most are to bring in swimmers venturing too far out, Wagner said.

Several days before Jei was bitten, there were evacuations in the late morning and early afternoon after a shark was spotted swimming back and forth in shallow water in the area.

Just two hours after Jei was attacked, beachgoers discovered a shark that had washed up on Tybee Island along Georgia’s coast. 

A few people stopped to take pictures with the juvenile shark (pictured) on Tybee Island before putting the sea creature back into the water

A few people stopped to take pictures with the juvenile shark (pictured) on Tybee Island before putting the sea creature back into the water

Sunday afternoon's incident was the first reported shark bite of 2018 on Hilton Head Island, according to Wagner. In 2017, there were 10 confirmed shark attacks in South Carolina. Of those, eight were on Hilton Head Island (pictured) 

Sunday afternoon’s incident was the first reported shark bite of 2018 on Hilton Head Island, according to Wagner. In 2017, there were 10 confirmed shark attacks in South Carolina. Of those, eight were on Hilton Head Island (pictured) 

Tybee Island is more than 53 miles south of Hilton Head Island Beach. 

A few people stopped to take pictures with the juvenile shark on Tybee Island before putting the sea creature back into the water.  

Sunday afternoon’s incident was the first reported shark bite of 2018 on Hilton Head Island, according to Wagner. 

In 2017, there were 10 confirmed shark attacks in South Carolina. Of those, eight were on Hilton Head Island. 



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