2 youths hurt in shark attacks on North Carolina coast

OAK ISLAND, NC (AP) -- Officials say two young people who lost limbs in separate shark attacks in coastal North Carolina this weekend were in waist-deep water about 20 yards offshore when they were attacked.

Officials said Monday that Sunday's attacks happened less than 90 minutes apart.

The call about a 12-year-old girl came in about 4:40 p.m. The call about a 16-year-old boy attacked about two miles away came in at 5:51 p.m.

The girl lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury. The boy lost his left arm. Their names haven't been released. Officials say both were on vacation from other parts of North Carolina.

Officials said they couldn't confirm whether the same shark attacked them or give details on the size of the animal or animals.

Officials credited life-saving efforts by beach bystanders. Both victims were airlifted to a Wilmington hospital on Sunday night with life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery.

Martha Harlan of New Hanover Regional Medical Center said both were in good condition Monday morning.

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