Two Teenagers Lose Limbs in North Carolina Shark Attack –
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 Oak Island in Brunswick County on Sunday afternoon.
According to Rod Overton, WNCN News
By late Sunday, officials at Oak Island — where the two attacks happened — were evacuating everyone out of the ocean. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sent a helicopter up and down the coast to patrol. The helicopter will also be patrolling the surf on Monday.
Officials said that the first attack Sunday involved an 12-year-old girl and happened at 4:12 p.m. in Oak Island, just three days after another teen girl was attacked at a nearby Brunswick County beach.
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 p.m. near 55th Street and the ocean, injured a 16-year-old male, who lost an arm in the attack, Wallace told WECT.
An official at the Ocean Crest Motel told WNCN that a girl was attacked and suffered injuries.
Both the injured teens were taken by helicopter to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
A witness, Jason Hunter, saw the boy just after the attack and said the shark “took [the arm] clean off.” Hunter said there was blood in the water and it was washing up on shore.
On Sunday evening, officials said that both victims were stable and out of surgery. (Click to watch full video of press conference)