A 15-year-old boy from Casselberry was surfing at Volusia County, Florida when bitten by a shark.
2 surfers bitten in Ponce Inlet
By KELLY CUCULIANSKY
Two surfers were almost simultaneously bitten by a shark today in Ponce Inlet, bringing the Volusia County bite count just one encounter short of its record 2001 "Year of the Shark."
A 43-year-old man from Ponce Inlet and a 15-year-old boy from Casselberry were surfing about 200 feet away from each other when a shark bit them about noon, Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn said. In 2001, 22 bites were reported, including three in one day.
The surfers, who did not know each other, were catching waves in the area between Beach Street and the jetty rocks. They each suffered "very minor" puncture wounds on one foot and were treated by Beach Patrol at the scene, Petersohn said. It's unclear whether it was the same shark that bit them or who was bitten first.
"It's just a werid coincidence," Petersohn said. One of the surfers asked for help at a lifeguard tower. A Beach Patrol truck was called in, and while officers were on their way to the tower, they spotted another surfer on the beach bleeding from his foot and thought it was the victim they were originally called to treat.
"It was just very quirky," Petersohn said.
Surf conditions were typical for shark encounters today. Petersohn said the water is churned up and murky with lots of bait fish.
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