Skip to comments.Vacationing shark-attack victims were in shallow water
Posted on 06/15/2015 8:35:00 AM PDT by Enlightened1
OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) -- Two young people vacationing in the beach town of Oak Island were swimming in waist-deep water when they lost limbs in separate life-threatening shark attacks, town officials said Monday.
A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury, and a 16-year-old boy from Winston-Salem lost his left arm less than 90 minutes later and about 2 miles away late Sunday afternoon, officials said. The victims were each about 20 yards offshore.
The emergency call about the girl came in about 4:40 p.m., and the one about the boy at 5:51 p.m., local officials said.
Investigators said they didn't know whether the same shark attacked both victims, nor the size of the shark in either attack. Deputies using boats and helicopters to monitor the water after the attacks saw a 7-foot shark between where the incidents happened, sheriff John Ingram said.
Oak Island is working with local law enforcement and the Shark Research Institute to locate the shark but wouldn't say what would happen if they find it, town manager Tim Holloman said.
"We're just monitoring right now," he said.
Witnesses described a frightening and chaotic scene on the normally placid beach.
"I saw someone carry this girl (out of the water), and people were swarming around and trying to help," Steve Bouser, who was just beginning his weeklong vacation, told The Associated Press. "It was quite terrible."
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“we’re going to need a bigger boat”
How many milliseconds after this story broke did liberals blame it on gorebull warming?
We used to vacation at Ocean Isle where one attack took place. Oak Island was a redneck beach back in the day when it was called “Long Beach”.
Yeah I stayed there.
Bad news I live very close, rarely swim in ocean but when friends visit it is the first thing why want to do. Had a nephew visit from Illinois first time at ocean, after 4 hours had to coax him off boggy board a take him to eat.
Most shark attacks are in shallow water because thats where the people are. Not rocket science.
Def: boggy board, a waterlogged boogie board.
“The emergency call about the girl came in about 4:40 p.m., and the one about the boy at 5:51 p.m., local officials said.”
I grew up on the water and swam when I was four because I didn’t know I couldn’t. It was just something people did.
We were also told not to go into the water toward evening. Feeding time. We usually had a last swim around three.
Correct. Kids on boogie boards look like food to large sharks.
I like being near the ocean; but not IN the ocean.
Fish and other creatures belong there; not humans.
We belong on the shore; with a drink in our hand gazing out at the ocean.
Can we send the pool of candidates for 2016, into the water here ?
She's traveled 20,000 miles since 2012!!!
Listening to the news reports this morning sounds like JAWS 2015. The Great Whites are doing their yearly migration up the East Coast. Authorities should be on the lookout.
Sometimes off of Blacks Beach at Torrey Pines in San Diego you can watch the shark schools swim casually along the first wave break. The funny thing is when people enter the water near them, they scatter away from the "apex predator".
Bass like shallow water, too.
Fish brain: ...food...gulp...swallow.
When will they blame climate change?
They say that in New Smyrna Beach (where more bites take place than anywhere in the world) if you are in the water, you are within 10’ of a shark.
They are re-releasing a restored Jaws:
For its fortieth anniversary, the film will be released in selected theaters (across approximately 500 theaters) in the United States on Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
I grew up in Jacksonville, FL. I think the blues are running this time of year and they come in real shallow. Even they will bite you. Its possible the blues were in the water and the sharks following them.
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