Two shark attacks were reported Friday morning off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina.
At about 11:41 a.m., a 47-year-old man was injured swimming one mile north of the Avon Fishing Pier in Avon, North Carolina, according to the National Park Service at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This is the fifth reported shark attack in North Carolina this month.
Paramedics from Hatteras Island Rescue Squad and NPS rangers were called to the scene to attend to the victim, who suffered "various injuries to his right leg and lower back," the NPS said. The victim, who was transported to Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, for further treatment, had been swimming with several others but no other swimmers were injured.
The last shark attack at the Seashore was in 2011 at Ocracoke Island, the NPS said.
Roughly 40 minutes earlier, a man was bitten around 11 a.m., while swimming off of Hunting Island, South Carolina, the Charlotte Observer reported. Local officials told swimmers to stay out of the water, according to the Observer.
The attacks on Friday are just the latest in a startling string of incidents in the last two weeks.
Earlier this week, an 8-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in knee-deep water in Surf City, North Carolina. On June 14, two separate shark incidents were reported one hour apart near Oak Island, North Carolina.
On June 11, a 13-year girl suffered minor injures after a shark bit her boogie board near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.