Beaches Deemed 'Safe' Despite Two Kids Losing Limbs in Shark Attack: Um, Familiar Much?!


A shark attack near Oak Island, North Carolina has severely injured two kids: An unidentified 16-year-old boy lost his arm, and a 12-year-old girl lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury. The attacks happened on Sunday, less than 90 minutes apart and two miles from each other. 


Currently, both teens are in stable condition. According to Oak Island's fire chief Chris Anselmo, the shark attacked both kids when they were "about 20 yards off the shore in waist deep water."

According to one witness, the scene on the beach was horrifying: "It was so much like a scene from Jaws."

So far, no news has surfaced as to the whereabouts of the shark. Beaches were closed after the second attack, but then re-opened on Monday, with residents told to stay in shallow water.

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Er, excuse me?! If a shark was reported lurking anywhere near my own beach, my kids are NOT getting in that water -- not waist deep, or knee deep, or ankle deep for that matter!

And for that matter, why was that beach re-opened at all? That also reminds me of Jaws, when they kept the beach open ... and more people ended up getting hurt.

I know shark attacks are rare, but still, given this shark is still out there I say better safe than sorry and hit a water park instead.

How long would you hold off on swimming at a beach with a shark sighting?


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