WAVES, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says a teenager was attacked by a shark on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the second such attack in as many days and the sixth attack in the past two weeks.
A hospital spokeswoman says the victim is 18. The National Park Service described him Saturday as 17. Carol Flynn said Sunday the teenager arrived at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday in critical condition. Flynn says he was in serious condition on Sunday.
According to a post on its Facebook page, rescue personnel and park rangers responded to the boy, who received what they described as injuries to his right calf, buttocks and both hands on Saturday.
Officials said the boy was swimming with others when he was bitten, but no one else was hurt.
The park service said the unidentified teenager was treated at the scene before being airlifted to a Norfolk.
On Friday, a North Carolina man was bitten on his back and leg in Avon while playing in the surf with his children.
The shark attack was the second in as many days on the Outer Banks and the sixth in the past two weeks along the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina.