Beachgoers warned against swimming after shark attacks

Vacationers sit in chairs in the surf in Oak Island, N.C., Monday, June 15, 2015. A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury, and a 16-year-old boy from Colorado lost his left arm about an hour later and 2 miles away in two separate shark attacks late Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina beach town is advising against ocean swimming after two youths were mauled by at least one shark over the weekend.

A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro was bitten so badly near an Oak Island pier Sunday that she lost part of her left arm and suffered a leg injury. About an hour and 20 minutes later and 2 miles away, a shark bit off the left arm of a 16-year-old boy. On Tuesday, the hospital that treated both victims identified the boy as Hunter Treschel of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Borden Hooks operated on both. He says the boy was awake and talking to doctors Monday, but the girl’s family asked that no more updates be provided. Both were in good condition Monday.

Shark researcher George Burgess says he’s aware of only two other multiple shark attacks on the same beach in one day.

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