A 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark at an Oak Island beach in North Carolina on Sunday, while just 90 minutes later, only two miles down the coast, a 16-year-old boy was attacked by a shark. Both were seriously injured.
Both the teens were airlifted to hospital, and were attended to by beach-goers at the scene until help emergency personal arrived. One person said it was like a scene from the movies Jaws when the girl was pulled from the waves bleeding heavily.
The girl’s arm has been amputated from below the elbow, while her leg may need amputating. The boy’s arm has been amputated from just below the shoulder.
Below is a twitter photo of the boy after being pulled out the surf with severe bite wounds.
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They were both swimming in waist deep water approximately 20 yards out when attacked by the sharks.
One shark expert encouraged beach goers not to be afraid of going back into the water, saying that it was extremely rare, but locals and vacationers don’t see themselves diving back in anytime soon.
“Personally, I wouldn’t be swimming any more than knee deep,” Oak Island resident Adrian Pharo told Fox news.