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Beachgoers warned against swimming after shark attacks

3 years 4 months 1 day ago Tuesday, June 16 2015 Jun 16, 2015 June 16, 2015 10:53 AM June 16, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Emery Dalesio and Emily Masters

OAK ISLAND, NC - A North Carolina beach town is advising against ocean swimming after two youths were mauled by at least one shark over the weekend.

A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro was bitten so badly near an Oak Island pier Sunday that she lost part of her left arm and suffered a leg injury. About an hour and 20 minutes later and 2 miles away, a shark bit off the left arm of a 16-year-old boy. On Tuesday, the hospital that treated both victims identified the boy as Hunter Treschel of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Borden Hooks operated on both. He says the boy was awake and talking to doctors Monday, but the girl's family asked that no more updates be provided. Both were in good condition Monday.

Shark researcher George Burgess says he's aware of only two other multiple shark attacks on the same beach in one day.

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