Several sharks spotted as ocean, air patrols continue near Oak Island
OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is continuing shore patrols at Oak Island, following the attacks of two beach-goers Sunday.
An Asheboro girl, 12, and Colorado Springs boy, 16, were attacked Sunday late afternoon. The incidents were reported at 4:40 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. a couple of miles apart. On Monday, Oak Island Town Manager Tim Holloman said that additional patrols of the beach would stop, unless there was a significant sighting. The sheriff’s office, however, was out on the waters again Tuesday.
“We’re hoping it gives people peace of mind,” said Chief Deputy Charlie Miller.
Katherine Arata tells WWAY men aboard a helicopter offering air patrols landed at Bald Head Island and told them to not go in the water due to the sightings of five to six sharks in the area.
“We saw helicopter land and went over and talked to people leaving beach and they told us,” Arata said.
Chief Deputy Miller says they will only shoot sharks if someone is in imminent danger. So far no sharks have been shot.