OCEAN ISLE BEACH, North Carolina -- A six-year-old girl from Shelby is recovering after being bit by a shark off the coast of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.
According to a WWAYTV3.com report, the girl was swimming in shallow water near the shore Monday around 11:30 a.m. when the attack happened.
The report says that the girl's mother told officials she had seen a shark following a school of fish in the area moments before the attack.
The six-year-old has been treated for her injuries and is currently recovering in a North Carolina hospital.
According to WGHP, the girl needed 140 stitches to close the wounds she suffered.
WGHP reports she and her family are in the area vacationing.
Check back for updates on this developing story.