A man was apparently bitten by a shark near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, on Friday, authorities said.
The town of Hilton Head Island government said the swimmer was allegedly bitten on a foot around 3:20 a.m. while he was in waist-deep water at Sea Pines Beach.
Shore Beach Service personnel responded and removed the man from the ocean. Responding medical personnel brought the man to Hilton Head Hospital to be treated for an apparent shark bite.
Hilton Head Director of Public Safety Bob Bromage said the man is in his 60s, though he did not publicly identify him, according to the Island Packet.
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No further details about the injured man, his current condition or what type of shark attacked him were immediately released.
Officials said that a section of water at the beach was temporarily closed due to the incident.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File, in 2022, there were 57 reported shark bites to humans worldwide. 41 of these unprovoked bites occurred in the United States.
Earlier this month, a shark bit off a surfer’s foot in Florida.
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Chris Pospel, a 21-year-old member of the surf team at the University of Florida, suffered severe damage to his left foot.
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Seven tendons and two small arteries were repaired in surgery, although doctors said the top of his foot would remain numb for life.
Fox News’ Elizabeth Pritchett contributed to this report.