A North Carolina mayor says that a teenage girl suffered severe injuries in a shark attack near a fishing pier Sunday afternoon.
Brunswick County spokeswoman Emily Flax said there was a report of a second possible shark bit early Sunday evening.
Flax said the 911 center received a call about a possible shark bite in Oak Island at around 5:30 p.m. No further details about the second reported incident or the victim were available Sunday.
In the first reported incident, Mayor Betty Wallace of Oak Island said that a teenage girl was bitten Sunday afternoon near the Ocean Crest Pier.
Wallace says the girl lost part of her left arm and may lose part of her left leg. The victim was airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Wallace said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that she didn’t have further information on the girl’s prospects for recovery.
The girl was visiting family in the area from out of town. Further details weren’t immediately available.
Wallace said before Sunday she was not aware of other shark attacks in the area since she bought a home there in 1995.
The Sun News reporter Maya T. Prabhu contributed to this report.