- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of a coastal North Carolina town where two young people were severely injured in shark attacks this weekend says she doesn’t think emergency workers had enough time between incidents to close the beaches.

A 12-year-old girl was attacked just after 4 p.m. Sunday in Oak Island, and a 16-year-old boy was attacked less than two hours later about two miles away. The girl lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury. The boy lost his left arm.

Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace told The Associated Press on Monday that she didn’t think that gave workers enough time to decide to close the beach between attacks. Beaches were open for the two-hour stretch Sunday but closed after the second attack.

Wallace says that even if the beach had closed after the first attack, the order might not have extended to the area of the second incident.

The victims were in fair condition after surgery. Their names hadn’t been released.

It was unclear whether the same shark attacked them.

The beaches were open Monday, with a boat and a helicopter patrolling the water.

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