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Child needed 140 stitches after N.C. shark attack

Posted at 3:57 PM, Jun 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-19 21:00:51-04

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, North Carolina — A six-year-old girl from Shelby is recovering after being bitten by a shark off the coast of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

According to a report, the girl was swimming in shallow water near the shore around 11:30 a.m. when the attack happened.

The report says that the girl’s mother told officials she had seen a shark following a school of fish in the area moments before the attack.

The six-year-old has been treated for her injuries and is currently recovering in a North Carolina hospital.

According to WGHP, the girl and her family are in the area vacationing.

This would be the second confirmed, but possibly sixth, shark attack within a 60 mile radius, this month. The other attacks have been in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. [GRAPHIC: Shark attacks boogie boarder in Myrtle Beach]

This post was originally written by Fox 8 reporter Dan Jovic.

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