Second Shark Attack In Two Days Reported On Outer Banks, Victim In Critical Condition

For the second time in two days, a shark attack has been reported on the Outer Banks, leaving an 18-year-old victim in critical condition.

The attack took place near Waves, North Carolina, around 4 p.m. on Saturday, according to USA Today. The National Park Service received a report of the attack from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, and Ocean Rescue Squad paramedics and NPS rangers were dispatched to the scene.

The victim has yet to be identified, but he was reportedly swimming with others when the shark struck. No one else was injured in the attack, but the 18-year-old suffered wounds on his right calf, buttocks, and both hands. Following the shark attack, the victim was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he was reportedly in critical condition.

The attack comes just a day after a 47-year-old man was struck by a shark in waist-deep water while trying to assist several children out of the ocean. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the shark injured the man’s right leg and lower back before he was treated at the scene and airlifted to Norfolk, Virginia, for treatment. Friday’s attack took place just a mile north of a fishing pier located in Avon, North Carolina, according to CNN.

Saturday’s incident represents just the latest shark attack to strike the North Carolina coastline this month. In recent weeks, at least four other attacks have been reported, including an extremely rare dual attack. In that incident, a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were struck by sharks less than two miles and two hours apart. Both of the teens lost limbs in the attacks, which were notable for their severity and proximity to each other.

North Carolina is not the only state to report shark attacks on the East Coast recently. On Friday, a shark struck an unidentified male victim at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina. Though the man was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, no further information about his identity or injuries has been released.

Despite the recent string of reports, experts note that sharks are present in coastal waters nearly constantly, and the odds of a swimmer experiencing an attack remain staggeringly low. Though several serious incidents have transpired this month in North Carolina and the Outer Banks, most shark attacks result in relatively minor bites.

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