Shark bites swimmer
Posted: September 9, 2010 - 12:01am
A shark bit a 27-year-old Georgia man on his hand Tuesday as he was swimming at the beach near Dondanville Road, according to a St. Johns County Sheriff's Office report.
Jason Whitworth was body surfing in the water with his mother in front of the Ocean Gallery Condominiums off Dondanville Road when he felt something bite down on his left hand, the report said.
Whitworth said he was tossed underwater by a breaking wave, and while he was underwater he was bitten, the report said.
When he pulled his arm free and stood up in the water, he said he saw a shark about 3 feet long swimming away. He left the water with his mother and called 911.
He went to Flagler Hospital, where hospital staff said he would most likely need several dozen stitches, the report said. A deputy saw 10 to 12 half-inch lacerations around Whitworth's wrist, the report said.
Beach patrol services were notified about the bite.
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