In what is the first shark attack along the Outer Banks' Cape Hatteras National Seashore since 2001, a five-year-old girl was bitten Tuesday afternoon off Ocracoke Island and is hospitalized in critical condition.
According to NBC-12 out of Richmond:
Cyndy Holda of the National Park Service told WNCT-TV that the child was bitten on her lower portion of her right leg and a foot around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Ocracoke Island.Such a beautiful area of North Carolina, Ocracoke has swimming beaches along its shores surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Prayers to this family and for the recovery of this little girl.
Holda says the girl she was swimming with a boogie board in shallow water with her parents when she was bitten. The girl was flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
A park service spokesman says the last shark bite on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was off Avon in 2001 when a man died from his injuries.