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.