Two teens surfing in the New Smyrna Beach area were bit by a shark Friday afternoon, Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Tamara Marris said.
The first bite occurred about 1:30 p.m. near the jetty. The youth, who is from South Carolina, suffered a minor laceration on his foot.
The second bite occurred about 20 minutes later, Marris said. A Satellite Beach teen was bit on the thigh.
The youth were treated at the scene and released. They were participants in a surfing event, Marris said
A woman in her 60s has died after a shark attack on the NSW south coast.
Authorities were searching the ocean off Tathra for the woman’s body and the shark, police said.
The woman was swimming with a group of people between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach about 8.20am.
Police said the woman – who is believed to be a regular early morning swimmer – had turned back from the group and was swimming on her own when she was attacked.
A police spokesman said the group of swimmers was being treated for shock and was under general observation.
“Emergency services are doing what they can for them but naturally they’re shocked and horrified by what’s occurred,” he said.
Westpac Lifesaving operation manager Craig Roberts said police had given the Lifesaver 3 helicopter a search area to scan north and south of the Tathra headland.
He said the helicopter would be dropping dye into the water to determine the flow of the tide.
Two surf-lifesaving vessels, along with local fishing vessels under the coordination of NSW Water Police, were also looking for the shark.
Tathra residents have spoken of the loss of one of their own.
Bega District News editor Ben Smyth is on the scene, and said it came as a shock to locals.
“One woman, who has lived there all her life, said she’s never seen sharks in the area,” he said.
Bob Armstrong has spent 60 years in Tathra and has had a long association with the local surf life saving club.
He said that in the 1950s, the club patrolled around the cliffs and had seen sharks in the area but this is the first attack in the area he has ever known.
The alert went out shortly after 8.40am on Thursday, with police, surf-lifesavers, the ambulance service and the Lifesaver 3 helicopter called to the scene.
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Human remains with possible shark bites could be missing diver, WA police say
Police believe a diver missing off the coast south of Perth may have been killed by a shark after human remains were discovered with possible shark bites.
The man, 38, failed to resurface after diving with two friends several kilometres off Dawesville Cut, about 80 kilometres south of Perth, early on Saturday afternoon.
Water Police divers today found human remains believed to be that of the missing man close to the dive site.
In a statement, police said a preliminary investigation “indicates the male may have received shark bites”.
However, they stressed that the cause of death remained unclear and that his friends did not see any shark attack.
Water police and volunteer marine rescue boats, together with a police dive team and helicopters, have been scouring the area since Saturday.
Police said further investigations were continuing and a report would be prepared for the coroner.
If the man was taken by a shark it would be the first fatal attack since the State Government introduced baited drum lines off the WA coast in January.
The waters off Western Australia have seen an unprecedented number of fatal shark attacks recently – including six fatal incidents in just over two years.
The last fatal shark attack in WA occurred in November when surfer Chris Boyd was taken near Gracetown in the state’s south west.
Professional abalone diver Greg Pickering survived an attack near Esperance in October.
According to the Australian Shark Attack File, there have been 85 recorded “unprovoked” attacks, 18 of which were fatal, in WA in the past 100 years.
The Upper Austrian Friedrich Burgstaller (66) has been injured on Saturday in South Africa by a shark fatally, when he was bathing in the sea off the port city of Port St. Johns.
The 66-year-old Friedrich Burgstaller from Niederranna, community Hofkirchen in Mühlkreisautobahn, was with a tour group, including his wife Margit, go. The group visited the home region of the deceased in the previous year, South African anti-apartheid fighter, Nobel Peace Prize winner and first black president of the country, Nelson Mandela. The region lies on the well-known for its pristine beaches southeast coast of the Indian Ocean.
Delray kite boarder bitten by shark
Kurt Hoffman treated for several wounds Saturday
Delray kite boarder bitten by shark Kurt Hoffman
DELRAY, Fla. —Kurt Hoffman said he was bitten in the forearm by a shark Saturday morning while kite boarding in Delray.
“The shark came up and took a bite,” Hoffman said on his Facebook page. “It felt like a bear trap clinched on my forearm then released.”
Hoffman said he immediately pulled himself up onto the board and made his way to the beach.
Delray rescue workers and lifeguards helped Hoffman, who was taken to a hospital.
“At (the) hospital, they left (the wounds) open to seep because of the bacteria in sharks mouth,” Hoffman said.
He said the bite looked to be about 6 to 7 inches wide and there were about 15 to 20 cuts.
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