Shark bites Hilton Head lifeguard in region’s 2nd attack in a week
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WTOC) - A Hilton Head Island lifeguard is recovering after being bitten by a shark.
According to the operations manager of Shore Beach Services, a lifeguard was checking water conditions near Ocean Lane in Palmetto Dunes when the lifeguard was bitten. He suffered deep lacerations to the chest area.
The lifeguard was sent to a hospital in Savannah via helicopter.
According to Shore Beach Services, the water was kept clear in a half mile area for approximately an hour and a half.
The lifeguard’s injuries are reportedly not life-threatening.
It was the second shark bite along the coast within a few days.
An instructor at a surfing camp was bitten a week earlier off Tybee Island, Ga.
But Yamada Atsushi was teaching camp kids again on Thursday, two days after the attack.
He said he had paddled to a student who had drifted out too far.
The student rode a wave to shore.
Atsushi was bitten seconds later as he sat on his surf board.
“OK now she’s in the safe zone and less than three seconds later, I was attacked. I was very, very thankful. It’s almost a miracle the shark didn’t get her,” Yamada said.
From reports by WTOC and The Associated Press