17-year-old boy bit by shark in North Carolina; sixth attack in 2 weeks

A 17-year-old boy was the victim of another shark attack off the North Carolina coast Saturday, the second attack in as many days and sixth in the past two weeks, officials say.

The boy suffered injuries to his right calf, buttocks and both hands while swimming in the Outer Banks, rescue personnel and park rangers said. The boy was swimming with others when he was bitten but no one else was hurt.

The unidentified teen was treated at the scene before being airlifted to a Virginia hospital, the park service said.

Just a day prior to the Outer Banks attack, a North Carolina man was bitten on the back of his leg in Avon while playing in the surf with his children. A 43-year-old man was also attacked by a shark near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Friday. Both men were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Sharks have attacked several children along North Carolina’s coast this month, including a 13-year old girl who lost her left arm below the elbow and a 16-year old boy who lost his left arm above the elbow, about 90 minutes apart, at Oak Island.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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