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OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — Two teenagers were seriously injured in two separate shark attacks in the same North Carolina town on Sunday, terrifying beach goers 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-year-old 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 week-long 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.

Wallace said Sunday evening that she had no further information on the girl’s condition. The girl is not from Oak Island but was visiting family, the mayor said.

Brunswick County Dispatchers said that they received the first call at 4:12 p.m., and agencies including Oak Island Police and the Air Link Helicopter went to the scene. The second shark attack was reported at 5:30 p.m.

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6 thoughts on “Shades of ‘Jaws’ – Two Teens Injured In Weekend Shark Attacks At North Carolina Beach

  1. specialt757 on said:

    The jokes are in bad taste, these are human beings. It’s unfortunate that this happened and I feel bad for these kids but sharks live in these waters, it’s their habitat, now ours.

  2. Ms Curly on said:

    Thats horrible. May god keep them in his care. I don’t like the beach, I like to know how many feet of water I am in at all times, not be in five feet then the next step and it’s seven feet. Plus add in the shark factor and that’s it, no ocean water for me.

  3. Linda on said:

    So will they post a -“NO SWIMMING” sign on this beach?

    I can hear the JAWS music playing in my head right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • specialt757 on said:

      No there will be no “no swimming” signs. Dare devil white people love this kind of stuff, they will go deep out in the ocean to find those sharks, kill them and become local heroes. Which is sad because the sharks were only doing what sharks do.

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