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FIRST ON 3: OIB first responders not sure what bit child in water

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Emergency workers are investigating an apparent animal bite in the water at Ocean Isle Beach.

The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department says the call came in from the beach strand in the 100 block of West 1st Street.

Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith says she talked to first responders, who say they’re not sure what bit the boy. She says emergency workers say it was a small bite, and that based on their experience it looks more like a bluefish bite than a shark bite.

This is not the first call of its kind at Ocean Isle Beach this summer. Last month a shark bit a girl who was on vacation with her family in the Brunswick County beach town.

WWAY has a crew at the scene. Our reporter saw a young boy being loaded into an ambulance at the beach with apparent injuries to his leg or foot. No word what hospital the child will be taken to. The child’s mother did not want to talk about what happened.

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