A teenager was seriously injured after he was attacked by a shark Saturday afternoon off the coast of North Carolina. The attack was the second in two days, and one of a string of incidents in North Carolina involving sharks in recent weeks.
The 17-year-old teen was swimming with a group when he was attacked by a shark in the outer banks of North Carolina, according to the National Parks Service. The teen, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, with injuries to his hands, buttocks, and right calf.
It was the second shark attack in two days in the area, and the sixth of the summer in North Carolina. On Friday, a 47-year-old man sustained injuries to his right leg and back when a shark bit him at a fishing pier in Avon, North Carolina. The two attacks occurred approximately 16 miles apart on the state's narrow outer banks.
Earlier this month, a 12-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy were seriously injured and forced to undergo arm amputations in two different shark attacks an hour apart near Oak Island, North Carolina.
Prior to the two most recent attacks, the last known shark incidents on North Carolina's outer banks occurred in 2011, according to the National Parks Service.
Despite the recent attacks, there hasn't been a reported dip in the number of beach goers.
"Everybody is out in the ocean, having a good time and playing on the beach," local surf shop employee George Howard told WRAL.
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