Two teens lose limbs in shark attack in N.C.

Two teens lose limbs in shark attack in N.C.
# 16 June 2015 03:22 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Two teenagers have been amputated in separate shark attacks on a beach in the US State of North Carolina, APA reports quoting Press TV.

Bystanders looked in terror as the two incidents, 90 minutes apart, took place along a stretch of beach in Oak Island, about 30 minutes south of Wilmington on Sunday.

Both the victims were in waist-deep water nearly 20 meters from the shore when they were attacked.

"It looks like her entire hand is gone," a USA Today’s Monday report quoted a woman speaking to a dispatcher in the first 911 call.

The second incident happened two miles away where another woman shouted in panic, "His arm is gone!"

At a Monday press conference, authorities said the two teens –a 12-year-old girl from Asheboro, North Carolina, and a 16-year-old boy from Colorado Springs, Colorado – were lucky to have survived.

Sustaining "life-threatening injuries", the pair was airlifted to the state’s Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, according to Brian Watts, the Brunswick County emergency services director.

The boy lost one arm completely while the girl's left was amputated below the elbow and sustained a leg injury, he said.

"The key to the success ... was the fact that bystanders on the beach with both patients did very quick first aid," Watts added.

The incident occurred days after a 13-year-old girl was bitten by a shark in the state’s Ocean Isle Beach.

"No way that we are going to stop people from going into the water. ... (We) just advise people to be careful and alert," said Fire Chief Chris Anselmo.

It was not clear if the same sharkd had attacked the two or two different ones but Sheriff John Ingram said a 7-foot shark was spotted in the area by deputies in boats and helicopters. Another shark was also detected early on Monday.

"It's usually not a case of a shark thinking, 'I'm going to bite a human,'" said Jen Skoy, a biologist at the South Carolina Aquarium. "Just a wild animal in their habitat that thinks something might be good to eat and realizes it isn't."