According to a lifeguard with Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue, a young female adult was bitten by a shark in Kure Beach on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at around 5:00pm.
The victim was in fairly shallow water and sustained a shark bite on the ankle/foot area. The lifeguard stated that there was no question that the injury was the result of a shark bite.
Following the bite, the beach was closed and the victim was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment. The lifeguard stated that the injury did appear quite severe.
If this is confirmed as an actual shark bite, it will mark the fourth shark bite in NC waters & the third bite at NC beaches this year.
August 11, 2011: Beaufort Inlet (13 miles off shore)
July 19, 2011: Ocracoke Island
June 26, 2011: Topsail Island
EDIT: The Star News has now confirmed the attack and states that the victim was a female in her early 20's. Star News article.
Photo from a 2008 video of a shark cruising the Kure Beach surf.