Photos released after 8-year-old possible victim of NC shark attack

Published: Jun. 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM EDT
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(Photo Source: Chris Noyes)
(Photo Source: Chris Noyes)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - An eight-year-old who was possibly bitten by a shark while on the beach in North Carolina is out of the hospital and resting at his family's vacation home.

It reportedly happened along Topsail Beach Wednesday afternoon.

The little boy was reportedly playing in the shallow water about knee-deep, probably 25 feet out in the water.

Neil Pastushok, the father of a Charlotte man credited with rescuing the boy, said his son say a "sea of red" where the child was bleeding. He said the shark appeared to be a tiger shark

WBTV spoke with Scott Pastushok, of Charlotte, via phone shortly after he reportedly rescued the little boy. Pastushok appeared to still be shaken by the events.

He said that he couldn't go into too many details.

"I really want to wait until [the young boy], is out of the hospital. This is my friend's son. Out of respect to them, I really want to just wait and pray he's okay," Pastushok said.

Earlier Scott's father, Neil, called the WBTV newsroom with information about the incident.

"I asked him 'did you even have time to think?' and he told me, 'No. I heard screams I hope I never hear again in my lifetime. And I just ran toward him,'" Neil recounted.

"As a father that made me really proud of my son," he added as his voice cracked.

Scott described the shark bites as being from the knee down to the ankle.


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