Officials: 5-year-old bitten by shark on NC coast

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    OCRACOKE, NC (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old girl has been
    taken to the hospital after a shark attack on the North Carolina
    coast.

    Hyde County Deputy Emergency Services Director Brian Carter says
    bystanders witnessed what was thought to be a shark attacking the
    girl in the South Point area of Ocracoke Island around 5 p.m.
    Tuesday. The girl’s name was not released.

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    Carter said in a statement that the girl was airlifted to a
    local hospital and that her condition is unknown. He could provide
    no further details when contacted by e-mail Tuesday night.

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