2 teens se­verely in­jured in shark at­tacks on east coast of United States: lo­cal me­dia

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Two teenagers were se­ri­ously in­jured in two sep­a­rate shark at­tacks in the same North Carolina town on Sun­day, ter­ri­fy­ing beach­go­ers and prompt­ing one shocked wit­ness to com­pare the scene to the movie “Jaws.”

Oak Is­land Mayor Betty Wal­lace told WECT-6 that the first vic­tim, a girl, lost part of her arm and could lose her left leg. Just over an hour later, a 16-yearold boy also was at­tacked by a shark and was air­lifted to a hos­pi­tal, Wal­lace said. He lost an arm.

“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 beach va­ca­tion, told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “It was quite ter­ri­ble.”

The girl was bleed­ing heav­ily, and peo­ple ap­plied makeshift tourni­quets while ask­ing her ques­tions to try to keep her con­scious.

It was “quite night­mar­ish,” Bouser said.

“It was so much like a scene from Jaws,” his wife Brenda Bouser added, re­fer­ring to the 1975 thriller about a gi­ant man-eat­ing white shark.

Lo­cal of­fi­cials sent an

all- ter­rain- ve­hi­cle to get ev­ery­one out of the wa­ter, and the Brunswick County Sher­iff’s of­fice was plan­ning to have a he­li­copter pa­trol the coast­line, the mayor said.

AP

Emer­gency re­spon­ders as­sist a teenage girl at the scene of a shark attack in Oak Is­land, North Carolina on Sun­day, June 14.

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