Teen injured after apparent shark bite while jumping waves off Cape Hatteras shore

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Posted at 8:53 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 14:23:22-04

BUXTON, N.C. - The National Park Service said a 16-year-old was injured from a shark on Thursday evening.

The teen was from Oak Ridge, North Carolina and reportedly received a non-life threatening injury from a shark off Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m.

Dare County Dispatch notified Seashore Law Enforcement Rangers that a 16-year-old male was being treated at a medical facility in Nags Head for an apparent shark bite injury sustained in the ocean near Ramp 25, The National Park Service said.

The off-road vehicle ramp is located roughly 2.5 miles south of the village of Salvo.

A Seashore Law Enforcement Ranger drove to the medical facility and interviewed the family of the injured teen.

The family said the incident happened about 25 feet offshore while the 16-year-old was jumping over waves on a sandbar.

The teen was treated for his injury and released from the medical facility last evening, The National Park Service said.

No further details are available.