Shark bites 8-year-old boy in NC; no warning to swimmers


— Officials say an 8-year-old boy has been bitten by a shark while swimming in Surf City, N.C.

Town Manager Larry Bergman says the town does not plan to warn visitors about the shark bite or tell swimmers to get out of the water, but it has increased police beach patrols.

Bergman says the boy had superficial wounds and was treated by emergency personnel at the scene. Afterward, his parents took him to an emergency room to have the wounds cleaned.

The child had been swimming about five blocks from a fishing pier Wednesday afternoon. Town policy prohibits people from swimming or surfing within 300 feet of a fishing pier, he said.