Friday 24 March 2017

'No time' over shark attack beaches

Emergency responders assist a teenage girl who survived a shark attack, in Oak Island, North Carolina (Steve Bouser/The Pilot, Southern Pines via AP)
Emergency responders assist a teenage girl who survived a shark attack, in Oak Island, North Carolina (Steve Bouser/The Pilot, Southern Pines via AP)

The mayor of a North Carolina town where two young people were left severely injured by shark attacks has said she does not think emergency workers had enough time between the incidents to close the beaches.

A 12-year-old girl was attacked on Sunday just off Oak Island, near Wilmington, before a 16-year-old boy was savaged less than two hours later roughly two miles away.

The girl lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury, while the boy lost his left arm.

Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace told reporters she did not think workers had enough time to decide to close the beach. After the second attack, beaches were closed.

The victims are said to be in a fair condition after surgery. Their names have not yet been released.

The victims were attacked in waist-deep water about 20 yards offshore, officials said.

The boy and the girl were both on holiday from other parts of North Carolina.

There was no confirmation over whether or not the same shark attacked the pair, or any other details regarding which type of shark or sharks were involved. The attacks happened less than 90 minutes apart.

Officials added the victims are in a "fair" condition, but have a long road ahead.

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