Two teens were airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Sunday afternoon to be treated for serious injuries from reported shark bites.
The first shark bite was reported just after 4 p.m. Sunday. An hour and half later, another person was bitten by a shark off the coast of Oak Island, according to Emily Flax, spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.
Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace said the first shark-bite victim was a teenage girl. The first shark bite was reported near the Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island.
According to 911 audio, the second shark-bite victim was a 16-year-old boy, who was swimming near the 5500 block of East Beach Drive. The boy’s arm was bitten off, according to 911 records.
“One of the things we hope to never have to hear from a beach community, the shark-bite victim is a teenage girl,” Wallace said about the first attack. “Confirmed that she lost part of her left arm and may lose her left leg.”
The 12-year-old girl and her family are not Oak Island residents, Wallace said.
Information about the victims’ conditions was not immediately available. Town officials are expected to release more information Monday morning, Wallace said.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Air One, is flying over Oak Island to try to spot any sharks in the area, according to Flax.
“They’re keeping a careful watch on the shore, making sure if they do see [a shark] that they alert the town,” Flax said.
On Thursday, a 13-year-old girl was reportedly bitten by a shark off the coast of Ocean Isle Beach.