A teenager was in serious condition Sunday after being bitten by a shark off North Carolina, the latest in a string of shark attacks that have swimmers in the state gripped by fear.
The 18-year-old victim nearly died after the attack Saturday afternoon on the Outer Banks. It was the second shark attack on the Outer Banks in as many days and the sixth attack off the coast of North Carolina in the past two weeks.
The unidentified young man arrived at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, in critical risk of dying, a spokeswoman said told The Associated Press Sunday.
Carol Flynn said the teen’s condition had improved, allowing doctors to upgrade his condition from critical to serious.
Rescue personnel and park rangers responded to the 18-year-old, who received what they described as injuries to his right calf, buttocks and both hands, according to a post on the National Park Service’s Facebook page. The boy was swimming with others when he was bitten, but no one else was hurt, officials said. Park rangers initially said he was 17.
The teenager was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Sentara, the park service said.