10-Year-Old Surfer Survives Shark Encounter
Tyson was competing in the boys’ surfing final division last Sunday when an 8-foot shark interrupted the competition and came into contact with Tyson’s surfboard.
“All of a sudden, we realized something was wrong,” recalled Nancy Hussey, co-director of the Southern South Carolina District of the Eastern Surfing Association. “We even on the boardwalk could see that it was a shark.”
The shark went straight for Tyson’s board and got entangled with the surfboard leash. The boy immediately got pulled underwater and the board was flung to the air.
“Somehow, I don’t know how, he had the presence of mind to take off his leash,” Hussey added. “He got away, and the shark was tangled up in the leash.”
Tyson’s coach Bob Weaver quickly went in the water to rescue the boy. “He threw the boy into a wave and Tyson swam to safety, not a scratch on him,” Hussey said.
Despite the close encounter, Tyson is still looking forward to going back in the water.
“He said he would definitely be looking at things differently in the water,” Tyson’s dad, William Royston said. “But he’ll definitely be jumping back in. I’m sure whatever the next contest is, he’ll be in it.”
The day’s competition was cancelled following the incident.