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Both Oak Island shark bite victims in good condition, continue recovery

Hunter Treschl, 16, sat down for an interview on Tuesday, two days after he was bitten by a shark. (Source: New Hanover Regional Medical Center) Hunter Treschl, 16, sat down for an interview on Tuesday, two days after he was bitten by a shark. (Source: New Hanover Regional Medical Center)
Crews searching for the sharks. (Source: Audrey Sudderth) Crews searching for the sharks. (Source: Audrey Sudderth)
Officials say quick response from bystanders and emergency crews were the keys to their survival. (Source: Steve Bouser) Officials say quick response from bystanders and emergency crews were the keys to their survival. (Source: Steve Bouser)
The scene in Oak Island. (Source: Heather Eccard Grube) The scene in Oak Island. (Source: Heather Eccard Grube)
OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) -

A 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy continue to recover after being bitten by sharks at Oak Island Sunday evening.

16-year-old Hunter Treschl was released from New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Thursday and is listed in good condition.

Treschl's left arm was amputated below the shoulder. He sat down for an interview Tuesday at NHRMC.

“I was with my cousin. We were in about waist-deep water. We were just playing around in the waves, and I felt a hit on my left calf,” said Treschl. “I thought it felt like a big fish, and I started moving away. And then the shark bit my arm -- off. My cousin pulled me out of the water and got me on the beach.”

The hospital released several video clips of Treschl talking about the shark bite, the rescue efforts, and his determination to overcome the amputation of his dominant hand.

"I've lost my arm obviously, so I have two options: I can try to live my life the way I was and make an effort to do that even though I don't have an arm, or I can just let this be completely debilitating and bring my life down and ruin it. Out of those two, there's really only one that I would actually choose and that's to try to fight and live a normal life with the cards I've been dealt," said Treschl.

The girl who was bitten Sunday, 12-year-old Kiersten Yow, was transferred to N.C. Children's Hospital at UNC in Chapel Hill Monday.

UNC Hospitals released a statement from Yow's parents Tuesday afternoon.

“She has a long road to recovery that will include surgeries and rehabilitation, but her doctors at UNC expect she will keep her leg, and for that we are grateful,” Brian and Laurie Yow said in the statement.

The family went on to thank the good Samaritans and emergency responders whose quick actions saved Kiersten's life. They also thanked the doctors and nurses in Wilmington and Chapel Hill.

The hospital released a statement from the family Wednesday saying Kiersten was in good condition and receiving excellent care.

The first shark bite was called in at 4:12 p.m. Sunday near the Ocean Crest Motel. Officials say Yow was about 20 yards from the shore in waist deep water when she was bit.

Yow was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where doctors amputated her left arm, just below the elbow. She also suffered tissue trauma to her left leg.

Mobile users can view pictures from the scene here.

The second shark bite was called in to Brunswick County dispatchers around 5:30 p.m. Sunday near SE 55th Street.

Officials say Treschl was also approximately 20 yards from the shore in waist deep water.

Rescuers helped Treschl out of the water and wrapped a tourniquet around his arm on the beach. Hospital officials say first responders then moved him out of a passing storm, where NHRMC's Airlink Helicopter could take him quickly to the hospital. Treschl was in critical condition when he first arrived.

Treschl's mother released this statement Tuesday:

Thank you so much to everyone in the Wilmington community, in particular the New Hanover Regional Medical Center staff, for supporting and healing Hunter in this difficult time.

I would like to thank his surgeon, Dr. Hooks, his nurses Holly and Christy, and all the members of the staff who help to care for him. I would like to thank my friends and family for their love and support, including Hunter's school community, the Thomas MacLaren School. Finally, I thank and honor my son Hunter for his example of courage, resilience, optimism, and mental strength.

"Every agency has mobilized its resources to address the situation and our thoughts and prayers are with the families at this time," said Oak island Town Manager Tim Holloman.

Oak Island officials asked everyone to get out of the water Sunday evening, while a Brunswick County Sheriff's office helicopter patrolled the beach from the air.

Officials are unsure of what types or size the sharks that bit the victims were.

Brunswick County beaches remain open to swimmers, but officials are asking everyone to be cautious.

Oak Island Town Manager Tim Holloman said town officials will be working with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office to increase boat patrols along the shore. Holloman says there's currently no plans to add lifeguards to the beach.

When asked if he would recommend people get in the ocean, Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said, "Well there's no way that we're going to stop people from going into the water. If people want to go into the water they're going to."

Officials said quick actions by bystanders and emergency crews were the keys to the shark bite victims' survival.

"We appreciate and join in the heartfelt expressions of support for the young people who were involved in shark attacks this weekend. We also want to thank the bystanders and those on the scene who acted quickly to control their bleeding and get medical help. Right now the most important thing is that we focus on the care of the patient and family," said Dr. Borden Hooks, the surgeon who operated on both patients.

This was the third reported shark bite incident in Brunswick county in the past week. A 13-year-old was injured in a possible shark attack Thursday in Ocean Isle Beach. Officials said the teen suffered minor lacerations, but is expected to be okay.

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