Surfer bitten in season's 4th shark attack
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES -- A 23-year-old surfer was bitten by a 3-foot-long shark Sunday morning, the fourth person reported bitten in Volusia and Brevard counties this season.
Joe Wooden, a spokesman for the Volusia County Beach Patrol, said that Jeff Allbright was bitten on his left foot about 9 a.m. near the Gunglow Pier. He was treated and left the beach to seek further medical attention from his own doctor, Wooden said.
No other incidents with sharks were reported Sunday, but Wooden cautioned bathers to be alert to their surroundings.
Bathers are also to be cautious of dangerous rip currents that can drag unwary swimmers far from shore.
Wooden said lifeguards made numerous rescues of people caught in rip currents and cautioned that more are expected today. If you are caught in a rip current, Wooden said, don't panic and don't swim against it.
Instead swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current.
An 11-year-old boy also suffered a small shark bite on his left foot Saturday while body-boarding in the surf at New Smyrna Beach, officials said. The boy was not seriously injured, and his parents took him to a local hospital for treatment, Wooden said.
Two other people suffered minor shark bites in the past week to the south in Brevard County. One involved a 12-year-old boy surfing, and the other a 20-year-old man swimming.