POSTED: 8:00 a.m. HST, Jul 20, 2011
OCRACOKE, N.C. >> A 5-year-old girl is in critical condition after a shark attack on the North Carolina coast.
Cyndy Holda of the National Park Service told WNCT-TV that the child was bitten on the lower portion of her right leg and a foot around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Ocracoke Island.
Holda says the girl was swimming with a boogie board in shallow water with her parents when she was bitten. The girl was flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
A park service spokesman says the last shark bite along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was off Avon in 2001, when a man died from his injuries.