Possible shark bite in Emerald Isle waters
14-year-old in stable condition, authorities say
EMERALD ISLE - A 14-year-old girl received an apparent shark bite Wednesday night while in the water off Emerald Isle, town officials said.
The girl was bitten on the foot, causing lacerations and possible damage to ligaments and tendons and was in stable condition Thursday afternoon at Carteret General Hospital, according to information from the town.
The apparent shark bite occurred in the water in the area of the 9400 block of Emerald Isle around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Emerald Isle EMS and the Emerald Isle Fire Department responded to the scene within minutes and the child was transported to the hospital in Morehead City for medical treatment.
A doctor at Carteret General Hospital has indicated that the bite was likely inflicted by a shark, the town said.
"The Town of Emerald Isle expresses its sincere concern for the young girl and wishes her a full and speedy recovery," the town said via a news release. "We regret that this unfortunate incident occurred in Emerald Isle, but consider it an isolated, chance occurrence.
"Beach destinations are America's number one vacation choice and Emerald Isle is proud to be among the finest beach vacation areas on the East Coast. The beach is a great place to play and relax but it is also the natural habitat of abundant marine life, some of which can be dangerous to humans. Although the chances of a dangerous encounter are extremely small, it is important for beachgoers to understand this environment and be aware of potential dangers."
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