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Teen bitten by shark in Hilton Head

Teen bitten by shark in Hilton Head”

They made a decision to visit the Disney Hilton Head Island Resort located in Hilton Head, South Carolina, but what the family ended up getting was the complete opposite of relaxation.

Tonya Turrell told the Island Packet of Hilton Head her son Jei was bitten in the right forearm while he and his brother were playing Sunday on Hilton Head Island.

10-year-old Jei Turrell was playing in waist-deep water with his brother when a shark bit him on his arm. After being bitten, he was airlifted to Savannah Memorial immediately and underwent an hour and a half long surgery.

Hilton Head's "shark whisperer" Chip Michalove said May is the most common month for black-tips in that area.

According to WTOC, beach staff labeled the bite mark as highly likely to be a shark bite because the type of laceration he received. Still, it's a concern for families heading to the beach. He just screamed, 'shark!'

There are ways we can all lower our risk of encountering a shark while we're out in the water. The boy's mother said he's remaining positive and hopeful.



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