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Local woman bitten by shark while swimming with kids in SC

MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

A Mooresville woman is recovering after she was bitten by a shark while in the ocean near Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Kimberly Popp says she was in the water about knee-deep on Tuesday afternoon at Coligny Beach when something hit her foot and she felt the bite.

When she lifted her leg out of the water, she saw a shark latched on to her foot.

"We looked eye to eye," she said.

She punched the shark in the nose until it let go.

"I was yelling. I wanted my kids out of there, because I knew they were right next to me. Was there any more of them, I don't know," she said.

Popp believed the shark was about 5-feet long and said it was as wide as her shoulders. She estimated it was probably bigger than her 6-year-old son who was swimming with her and Popp's 4-year-old daughter.

Popp says the bite left a deep gash near her ankle and deep slices across the sole of her foot.

She ran to the beach screaming to let people know and says people on the beach saw the shark's fin and tail in the water.

Popp says a lifeguard wrapped her foot and she was taken to Hilton Head Hospital, where she received 14 stitches to her foot. She is expected to be on crutches for several weeks.

 

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