CURRITUCK Co., N.C. - A 60-year-old man who disappeared while swimming in the OuterBanks died from a shark attack, Currituck County officials toldWAVY.com.
A vacationer out for an early morning walk in Kill Devil HillsThursday morning, discovered a man's body washed ashore.
The body was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office wherethey later discovered the man died of injuries sustained from ashark bite.
The Medical Examiner's Office identified the body as that of60-year-old Richard Snead of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Snead disappeared after going for a late night swim on September12. Officials say Snead went missing from the 500 blk. of ConchCrescent in Corolla, North Carolina; he was swimming near mile post4 1/2.
Maylon White, a shark expert at the Virginia Aquarium sayssharks are more active after dark.
"Swimming at twilight or at night is considered times whensharks are considered more active or unable to detect what they'reactually biting at the time," says White.
The Currituck County Sheriff's Office says they are not closingdown beaches in light of the attack. Officials are just remindingswimmers to be alert in the water and to be aware that thisincident occurred while swimming after dark. There are no recordedincidents of anyone sustaining a shark bite while swimming off thebeaches of Currituck County since 2000.
The victim in the 2000 case was a young girl swimming in thewaters on Pine Island in Currituck County. She survived theattack.
While our lifeguards vigilantly watch over our beach guests and diligently monitor ocean conditions, we still want to encourage visitors to be aware of potential dangers whenever they enter the water. We ask that they remember some basic safety guidelines:
1) If at all possible, swim near a lifeguard.
2) Never go swimming alone; always have a partner.
3) Heed the warnings of the lifeguards; pay attention toadvisories which may be posted on the beach and/ or broadcasted onlocal media channels.
4) Become educated about rip currents, which are the second mostfatal aquatic-related issue in the United States. If you becomestuck in a rip current, swim in the direction of the shoreline toget out; or let it carry you out beyond the sandbar before tryingto swim in over the sandbar.
5) Try to avoid swimming at dawn, dusk and the nighttime asthose seem to be more active marine animal feeding times.
6) Seek shelter immediately in the presence of an approachingstorm.
7) Do not enter the water if you do not know how to swim.
8) Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen. Heat-related emergenciesare the number one cause of aquatic-related deaths.
9) Call 911 in case of emergency; be sure to know your locationso you can provide that information.
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