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Man taken to hospital after possible shark bite to his foot while swimming in ocean

Swimmers re-enter the water a short time after reports Friday of a possible shark bite at 27th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach fire and police were called about 10:15 a.m. to the beach around 27th Avenue North where a man suffered an injury to his foot while swimming, but police said they were unsure if the man was bitten by an animal. The victim told authorities he didn't see any fish or animals around when he suffered the injury to his foot, and authorities can't say for sure what injured the man's foot.
Swimmers re-enter the water a short time after reports Friday of a possible shark bite at 27th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach fire and police were called about 10:15 a.m. to the beach around 27th Avenue North where a man suffered an injury to his foot while swimming, but police said they were unsure if the man was bitten by an animal. The victim told authorities he didn't see any fish or animals around when he suffered the injury to his foot, and authorities can't say for sure what injured the man's foot. jlee@thesunnews

A man was taken to the hospital Friday after his foot was injured while he was swimming in the ocean around 27th Avenue North, police said.

Myrtle Beach fire and police were called about 10:15 a.m. to the beach around 27th Avenue North where a man suffered an injury to his foot while swimming.

The victim told authorities he didn’t see any fish or animals nearby when he suffered the injury to his foot, and authorities can’t say for sure what injured the man’s foot. Witnesses said the man was bitten by an animal.

Jill Revella, who was by the ocean when the man limped in, said he seemed unfazed by the incident.

“He was really calm. You wouldn’t even have known anything had happened,” she said.

Lifeguards pulled swimmers out of the water for roughly 10 minutes after the victim came out, according to beachgoer Jordan Cates.

“They said it was just like a small sand shark bit him on his leg,” he said.

He added, “It wasn’t like a serious bite. It was more like a little puncture than anything serious.”

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