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Off-Duty Paramedic Saves NC Beach Shark Attack Victim’s Life

An off-duty paramedic who helped save the life of a 12-year-old girl in a shark attack off the North Carolina coast said she used strings from a boogie board and a tent.

Marie Hildreth was playing football in the ocean at Oak Island on Sunday with members of her family when she says she heard a woman yell to tell them to get out of the water because of a shark.

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(Photo: Oak Island/Wikipedia)

Hildreth, a paramedic for almost 12 years, saw the 12-year-old girl injured on the beach and quickly offered her assistance.

“I think in the pictures you can see the boogie board at her head,” Hildreth said today on “Good Morning America.” “I used the string from that and then somebody took string from one of their tents and gave that to me for her leg until we could get fire on scene.”

“I … stopped the hemorrhaging from two of the limbs and then I basically just kind of stabilized her, got an IV from somebody in the crowd, got her some fluids and waited for fire and EMS to show up,” she said.

The girl, whose family has asked for her name not to be released to the public, suffered two bites, authorities said.

“The left arm is completely missing and also a bite to the left leg,” a male 911 operator can be heard telling another in recently released 911 calls, stating that the girl had a weak pulse.

Another caller described the same shark attack stating that the girl had “her hand bitten off by a shark.”

When asked whether she had the number that she was calling from, the caller said, “No, I don’t actually. The family is in too much shock so I just wanted to borrow their phone.”

Just over an hour after the 12-year-old girl was attacked by the shark, a second victim, a teenage boy vacationing from Colorado, was also attacked by a shark, about two miles away.

“When I saw him, his arms went up, the shark took his left arm,” bystander Randy Milligan told ABC News. “He just took off running…started screaming, ‘Is this real?’”

Hildreth describe the beach as a “completely normal day” prior to the shark attacks.

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