Shark bites boy's surfboard during Folly Beach contest

August 11, 2013 

— An 8-foot bull shark bit a boy's surfboard during a competition on Folly Beach, but the 10-year-old boy was able to swim to safety.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the boy was able to escape Sunday when he unhooked his leash. Two other surfers swam out and helped the boy to shore.

Nancy Hussey is a director of the Southern South Carolina District of the Eastern Surfing. She says she saw the scene unfold and thinks the shark got tangled in the leash.

After the attack, contest workers cleared the water and the remaining competitions were postponed until next month.

Bull sharks are known for their aggression and swimming in warm, shallow waters. But officials say such attacks in the area have been rare.

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