1916 New Jersey Shore Shark Attack Victim
This 1916 shark attack video describes the
killing spree that began on July 1, 1916
with Charles Vansant, 25, an unsuspecting
young man going for a leisurely swim off
the New Jersey Shore town of Beach Haven.
Vansant, a doctor's son from Philadelphia,
decided to take an early-evening swim as a
lifeguard watched. He was out fifty feet
or so when he was fatally attacked by a
shark, suffering severe blood loss from a
gaping wound on his left thigh. This
marked the first of five shark attacks
that took place along the New Jersey Coast
over the next twelve days.
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