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Victim speaks out about terrorizing shark attack

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47-year-old Patrick Thornton suffered serious injuries from a shark attack last Friday. 47-year-old Patrick Thornton suffered serious injuries from a shark attack last Friday.

KHQ.COM - There have been seven shark attacks off the North Carolina coast in just three weeks. On average there are only six shark attacks per year for the North and South Carolina coasts combined. Experts aren't exactly sure what's causing the attacks, but they say warm weather could be a factor. 

Last Friday, 47-year-old Patrick Thornton suffered serious injuries in the terrifying encounter and he is speaking out for the first time. While Thornton says he feared for his life, he's lucky to have all his limbs still intact because not every victim has been so lucky. In mid-June 12-year-old Kiersten Yow lost an arm as did 16-year-old Hunter Treschel.

Experts warn that anytime someone goes in the ocean they risk getting attacked by a shark. For now though, despite the increase in attacks, officials say there are no plans to close the beaches for the holiday weekend.

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