Midway Fire Rescue crews respond to possible shark bite on the beach

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 15, 2013 

— Midway Fire Rescue officials took a man to a local hospital after he was possibly bitten by a shark while in the ocean near Litchfield Beach, according to authorities.

Rescuers were called about 11:45 a.m. Monday to the 1300 block of Norris Drive, which is near the Midway Inlet, for a person bitten by a shark, said Midway Fire Rescue Chief Doug Eggiman.

Crews took an adult man, believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s, to the hospital with bite-like wounds, Eggiman said. The man did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told authorities they saw a three to five foot shark swimming in the area near the man when the incident occurred, Eggiman said.

Officials with the state Department of Natural Resource were contacted and are investigating the incident.

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