Child injured on
unconfirmed shark attack
A 5-year-old girl was airlifted off Ocracoke today in what may have
been a shark attack in the ocean near South Point.
Shortly after 5 p.m., on Tuesday, July 19, Hyde County Emergency
Medical Services, National Park Service, and Ocracoke Fire Department
responded to a call at Ramp 72 for a shark bite. Bystanders described
what appeared to be a shark attacking a child, according to Hyde County
Deputy Emergency Services Director Brian Carter.
Carter stated that the youngster was flown via East Care to an area
hospital and the patient's condition is unknown at this time.
Hyde County spokeswoman Jamie Tunnell said the call came in as a shark
attack but that it was unconfirmed.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore law enforcement rangers did not
immediately return calls for more details.
Island Free Press will report more details as they become available.