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Shark warning: Swimmers called out of ocean along Grand Strand

Shark Sighting on the Strand

Sharks were spotted chasing a school of fish south from 77th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, prompting lifeguards to call swimmers out of the water for about an hour Tuesday morning.
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Sharks were spotted chasing a school of fish south from 77th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, prompting lifeguards to call swimmers out of the water for about an hour Tuesday morning.

Ocean swimmers were ordered out of the water for an hour Tuesday morning beginning at 77th Avenue North after sharks were spotted chasing a school of fish.

Lifeguards warned swimmers of the sharks that were seen about 100 to 200 yards from the shore and moving slowly south as they feasted on the fish.

Blue warning flags were also planted along the lifeguard stands warning the public of the temporary marine danger.

Lifeguards asked swimmers to exit the water for an hour starting at 10:30 a.m. as the sharks passed by, although some surfers and paddle boarders ignored the warning.

Gal Levy, an 11-year-old local surfer from Myrtle Beach said he was aware of the passing sharks and even watched them go after the fish.

“There was a lot of jumpers,” Levy said.

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Swimmers are warned to stay out of the water around 67th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Sharks were spotted about 200 yards off shore chasing a school of fish. Lifeguards are flying blue flags to indicate aquatic danger. Janet Blackmon Morgan jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Asked if surfing with the sharks made him nervous, Levy said “it does a little, but surfing is surfing.”

“When you want to surf, you go in, whatever the conditions,” Levy said.

Lifeguard Marija Durisic had her hands full several blocks away near 69th Avenue North keeping swimmers out of the water that had ignored the blue warning flags.

She said this was her first aquatic warning for sharks in two months.

If one or two sharks are spotted, swimmers are told to exit the water for about 15 minutes until the danger passes. If it’s more than two sharks, the wait on the beach will be longer.

Passengers on a fishing boat received quite the surprise earlier this month when a massive mako shark jumped aboard and became stuck. The incident happened off the coast of Long Island on July 6, 2017, according to Newsflare.

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