Shark attacks 6-year-old on NC coast

July 20, 2011 3:43:35 PM PDT
A 6-year-old girl is in the hospital after being attacked by a shark on the Outer Banks.

It happened near the southern tip of Ocracoke Island, south of Ocracoke Village, around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Bystanders told emergency crews it appeared as if the child was attacked in the South Point area of the beach.

Cyndy Holda with the National Park Service says the 6-year-old was on a boogie board in shallow water when she was bit.

The girl was bitten on the lower portion of her right leg. She is currently in good condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

A statement was released on behalf of the family Wednesday regarding her recovery.

"Our daughter is in good condition after receiving a shark bite to the right leg. The shark attack occurred in two feet of water on Ocracoke Island. Mom was ten feet away and witnessed the event. Paramedics arrived promptly and she received excellent medical attention from EMS personnel, life-flight crew, and Pitt County Memorial Hospital medical staff in Greenville. She is in good spirits, declaring this morning that, "I hate sharks. I like dolphins way better."

The last shark attack at Cape Hatteras National Seashore was in September 2001.

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