Local man bitten by shark in S. CarolinaWritten by Michael Brooks | | firstname.lastname@example.org
While vacationing with his family last week, Sylvania resident Dallas Jackson received quite a scare — he was bitten in the foot and leg by a 6-foot shark.
Jackson said he and his family were swimming and surfing at Singleton Beach when he felt a hard thump that was “like being hit with a baseball bat.”
“I was in waist-deep water and just talking with my wife and 8-year-old son when I got knocked forward,” he said. “The first thing that came to my mind was that it was a shark. I started yelling at my family to get out of the water.”
Although at first skeptical, his family returned to the shore, and Jackson examined his wounds.
“There was a huge gash on my right leg above the ankle, and my wife started pouring bottled water on it,” he said. “It kept bleeding, though, and then I noticed the blood was pouring out of the bottom of my foot.”
The shark left Jackson with 13 puncture wounds on the bottom of his right foot; all told a dozen stitches were needed to sew his leg back together. Based on the distance between the farthest puncture marks, Jackson estimated the shark’s mouth had a spread of “at least 10 inches.”
Jackson, who is the assistant superintendent of Sylvania Public Schools, said shark attacks near Hilton Head are rare.
“We have visited the area many times, and had never heard of an attack before,” he said. “There may have been one or two others this year, but 2001 was the last time an attack was reported.”
The wounds have healed since he was hospitalized, said Jackson, and the incident left him grateful for several things.
“I was very fortunate that the shark did not return,” he said. “But most of all, I am so thankful it was me that was attacked and not my son, who was swimming 10 to 15 feet in front of me.”