Officials: Shark attack victims were in waist-deep water

North Carolina Shark Attack
People assist a teenage girl at the scene of a shark attack in Oak Island, N.C., Sunday, June 14, 2015. Mayor Betty Wallace of Oak Island, a seaside town bordered to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, said that hours after the teenage girl suffered severe injuries in a shark attack Sunday a teenage boy was also severely injured. (Steve Bouser/The Pilot, Southern Pines, N.C. via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — Officials say two young people who lost limbs in separate shark attacks in coastal North Carolina this weekend were in waist-deep water about 20 yards offshore when they were attacked.

Officials said at a Monday news conference that Sunday’s attacks happened less than 90 minutes apart.

The call about a 12-year-old girl who was attacked came in about 4:40 p.m. The call about a 16-year-old boy who was attacked about two miles away came in at 5:51 p.m.

The girl lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury. The boy lost his left arm. Their names haven’t been released. Officials say both were on vacation from other parts of North Carolina.

Officials said they couldn’t confirm whether the same shark attacked the two victims or give any details on the size of the animal or animals.

Officials say both victims were airlifted to a hospital in Wilmington on Sunday night and underwent surgery. Officials say they were in fair condition but have a long road ahead. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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