Myrtle Beach “shark bite” victim actually stung by stingray

A 16-year-old boy suffered a sting from a stingray yesterday at Myrtle Beach, SC, according to a report from WMBF News. The injury was originally reported as a shark bite by multiple local news outlets. However, doctors informed the victim, Matthew Breen, that he had suffered a sting from a stingray and not a bite from a shark.

Breen was swimming in waist deep water when the incident occurred. He said he saw a large amount of blood in the water and knew he needed to get to shore. It wasn’t until he was treated at a local hospital that he learned a stingray barb was the cause of his injuries. Breen is expected to make a full recovery.

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