BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. — One of the victims of the brutal pair of shark attacks off the coast of North Carolina is speaking out for the first time from his hospital bed.
16-year-old Hunter Treschel spent time recounting the traumatic shark encounter that cost him his arm.
“I was just in waist-deep water, I would say, playing with my cousin, like I said. I felt this kind of hit on my left leg. Like a big fish coming at you or something. That was the first I saw it was when it was biting up my left arm,” Treschel said.
Treschel, who is from Colorado was swimming in the waters off Oak Island when the shark attacked.
“I didn’t see it coming. Like I said, I felt it on my leg, and I saw it once it attacked my arm,” Treschel said.
Treschel’s attacked happened merely 90 minutes after another shark attack unfolded on the same beach, less than two miles away. 13-year-old Kiersten Yow had her left arm torn off by a shark. Bystanders immediately called 911 for help. Yow’s family say they expect that she will be able to keep her leg.
“I have two options,” Treschel said. “I can try to live my life the way I was and make an effort to do that even though I don’t have an arm. Or I can kind of just let this be completely debilitating and bring my life down and ruin it in a way. Out of those two, there’s really only one that I would actually choose to and that is to try to fight and live a normal life with the cards I’ve been dealt.”
The beach where the attacks occurred is still open for business. Officials are warning residents to swim at their own risk.