06/20/2008 Jennifer Castion ( Florida )

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06/20/2008 Jennifer Castion ( Florida )

Postby sharkbait » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:21 pm

Shark Bites Woman In Fernandina Beach
Police: Victim Wading Waist-Deep Water


POSTED: 4:42 pm EDT June 20, 2008
UPDATED: 5:13 pm EDT June 20, 2008


FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- A shark bit a woman wading in waist deep ocean water off the coast of Fernandina Beach late Friday morning.

The victim, of Birmingham, Ala., was near beach access No. 39 at about 11:10 a.m. when the attack took place, police said.

The shark bite left the woman with severe lacerations to both sides of her lower right calf, according to Fernandina Beach police.

Ocean bathers in the area initially treated the victim until a Fernandina Beach Fire Rescue lifeguard arrived and performed emergency treatment until the arrival of paramedics who performed advanced life support.

The bite victim was flown via air ambulance to Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center, according to acting Fire Chief Jeffrey Bunch.

Police said all precautions have been taken to alert beach goers of the potential dangers in the water and lifeguards will monitor the ocean waters throughout the weekend.

The State of Florida Flag Warning System is in place and “dangerous conditions” and “dangerous marine life” flags have been placed at all guarded areas.

Although warned of the potential danger evidenced by the shark bite incident, the beach has not been closed and swimming is still being permitted at city beaches, police said.

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Re: 06/20/2008 Jennifer Castion ( Florida )

Postby sharkbait » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:15 pm

Shark bite reported at Fernandina Beach

Posted: Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 5:56 pm

An apparent shark bite in chest-deep waters off Fernandina Beach has authorities taking extra measures to alert beach-goers to potential risks.

Jennifer Castion of Birmingham, Ala., received severe lacerations to both sides of her lower right calf about 11 a.m. Friday, according to the Fernandina Beach Police Department. She was wading in the ocean around beach access No. 39 at Ozello Avenue near the golf club.

She was flown via air ambulance to Shands Jacksonville hospital, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Bunch.

Bunch said the woman told him she felt something grab her leg in chest-high water. After a struggle, it let her leg go.

Once ashore, her husband wrapped her leg in a towel, took her to the nearby beach house they were staying at and called 911, Bunch said. She never lost consciousness and was “remarkably calm,” he said.

Her condition was not available. A nursing supervisor said she wasn’t listed in the hospital’s system early Friday evening.

Florida’s Flag Warning System is in place and “Dangerous Conditions” and “Dangerous Marine Life” flags have been placed at all guarded areas. Location supervisors are patrolling the beaches to alert visitors and advise them to use caution or elect not to swim.

The Police Department also conducted air surveillance the length of Amelia Island. Police Capt. David Bishop reported seeing no evidence of sharks, although the ocean water was relatively clear.

The local Civil Air Patrol has been asked to keep an eye on the shoreline throughout the weekend. Life guards also will monitor the water and report any changes.

If confirmed as a shark bite, Bunch said it would become only the third such incident in Fernandina Beach since the 1890s.


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