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Shark attack is N.C.’s 6th in 2 weeks

Emergency responders assisted a teenage girl wounded during a shark attack off the coast of Oak Island, N.C., earlier this month.Steve Bouser/The Pilot/AP/File

WAVES, N.C. — A 17-year-old boy is the latest victim of a shark attack off North Carolina’s coast, the second attack in as many days and the sixth in the past two weeks.

Rescue personnel and park rangers responded to the teen, who received what they described as injuries to his right calf, buttocks, and both hands while swimming in the Outer Banks on Saturday, according to a post on the National Park Service’s Facebook page.

The unidentified teenager was swimming with others when he was bitten, but no one else was hurt, officials said.

The teen was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., the park service said. A hospital spokeswoman said Sunday that the boy arrived in critical condition, but his condition has been upgraded to serious.

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On Friday, a North Carolina man was bitten on his back and leg in Avon while playing in the surf. A 43-year-old man was also attacked by a shark near Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Friday. Both men were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Associated Press