(FOX NEWS) A pair of horrific shark attacks in a span of little more than an hour Sunday left two youths badly injured and rocked a North Carolina beach town, where the mayor said Monday there wasn't enough time to get everyone out of the water after the first victim was bitten.
A 12-year-old girl visiting from out of town was the first victim, at Oak Island near the Ocean Crest Fishing Pier. The girl, who was not identified, lost part of her left arm and was in danger of losing her left leg in the attack, which occurred at about 4:40 p.m., officials said Sunday. A little more than an hour later, at 5:51, medics responded to a second attack about two miles away, this time on a 16-year-old boy, also visiting, who lost his left arm. It was not known if the same shark was responsible for both attacks. Both victims were in fair condition Monday at a Wilmington hospital.
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Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace told the Wilmington Star-News the second attack "happened so quickly" that there was little time to alert swimmers.