North Carolina: Back-to-back shark attacks leave two teenagers hospitalized

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (WNCN) — A teen boy lost a limb just 90 minutes after a girl suffered major injuries in two life-threatening shark attacks in the surf at a Brunswick County island on Sunday afternoon.


By late Sunday, officials at Oak Island — where the two attacks happened Sunday — were evacuating everyone out of the ocean. Also, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office sent a helicopter up and down the coast to patrol — and the helicopter will also be patrolling the surf on Monday.

Officials said that the first attack Sunday involved a 13-year-old girl and happened at 4:12 pm at Oak Island, just 3 days after another teen girl was attacked at a nearby Brunswick County island.

The injured teen girl on Sunday lost part of her left arm and may lose her left leg, Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace said.

The first reported attack happened near the Ocean Crest Motel, which is near the pier and is located at 1417 East Beach Drive.

The second attack, which happened around 5:30 pm near 55th Street and the ocean, injured a 16-year-old boy, who lost an arm in the attack, Wallace told WECT.

An official at the Ocean Crest Motel told WNCN that a 14-year-old girl was attacked and suffered injuries.

Both the injured girl and boy were taken by helicopter to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

On Sunday evening, officials said that both teens were stable and were out of surgery.

The beaches won’t be closed on Monday, but folks are encouraged to stay on the beach and out of the water “until we get a better handle on the situation,” an official said at a press conference Sunday evening.

Wallace said that the girl was visiting family and is not from the Oak Island area.

“One of the things we hope we never have to hear from a beach community; the shark bite victim is a teenage girl,” Wallace said.

Both attacks come after another teen girl was attacked on Thursday — also at an island in Brunswick County.

In that attack, the 13-year-old girl suffered cuts to her foot and her ‘boogie board’ was destroyed by shark bites at Ocean Isle.


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