Shark attack reported off North Carolina coast; video, photos shared on social media

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OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- A fifth North Carolina shark attack was reported Friday afternoon, this time in the Outer Banks.

Twitter user Mike Will of Apex, N.C., said the attack happened a half-mile south of Avon Pier on Hatteras Island. Hatteras Island Rescue Squad confirmed the attack.

Will said a man in his 50s went into the water and was bitten on his buttocks and back.

His injuries appear to be nonlife-threatening, Will said. EMTs told beachgoers to exercise caution when entering the water, Will told WGHP. A worker at the Avon Fishing Pier said red flags are flying, which means people should avoid the water.

The North Carolina coast has seen multiple shark-bite incidents in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, an 8-year-old boy suffered what appeared to be a shark bite. Police said the wounds were superficial and the injuries were minor.

On June 14, a 12-year-old girl from Archdale and a 16-year-old boy from Colorado both lost their arms in shark attacks at Oak Island.

A 13-year-old girl was bitten while boogie boarding off Ocean Isle Beach on June 11.

In that incident, the victim suffered nonlife threatening injuries, but the shark took bites of her boogie board.