Troy Zettle shark attack at New Smyrna Beach Volusia County Florida USA Shark Attack number 14 near Ponce Inlet
Edgewater surfer bitten by shark off New Smyrna Beach
Gary Taylor | Sentinel Staff Writer
10:10 AM EDT, July 24, 2008
An Edgewater teenager was bitten on the foot by a shark Wednesday while surfing in the Atlantic Ocean off New Smyrna Beach.
It was the 14th shark bite of the year in Volusia County, but only the second that has been classified as a "provoked" bite, said Capt. Scott Petersohn of the Volusia County Beach Patrol.
Troy Zettle, 15, was treated at by rescue workers and driven to a local hospital by relatives, Petersohn said. "It was not a life- or limb-threatening injury," he said.
Most shark bites occur when a shark brushes against a person while chasing fish, Petersohn said. Provoked fights occur when a person kicks on steps on a shark. It appears that Troy stepped off his surfboard onto the shark, Petersohn said.
The area where Troy was bitten is where 90 percent of Volusia's shark bites occur and the teen is well aware of the sharks in the area, Petersohn said. "He's a frequent flyer at the inlet," Petersohn said. "It [the bite] was not a big shock to him."
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