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Re: 05/23/2012 Chad Renfro - Florida

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 10:27 pm
by alb
Jax Beach shark bite victim: 85 stitches to repair damage

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - A shark bite victim is recovering Thursday night after being bit on the foot Wednesday. It's believed a shark was behind the attack.

According to Chad Renfro's mom, Chad had surgery on his foot Wednesday night. She says the bite severed a nerve, ripped a tendon and took part of his bone. 85 stitches later, he was finally headed home.

"It's not uncommon, and we've had a few pretty bad shark bites at Jacksonville Beach," said Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue Captain Thomas Wright.

Chad was lucky. His mom Danielle tells Action News he's been surfing since he was five and while he's always known sharks are out there--but he thought he'd win the lottery before ever being bit. Danielle says they're guessing his attacker was either a Bull or Lemon shark because they're known aggressors. She says he was paddling back out from taking a wave when it happened.

The big question now, heading into Memorial Day weekend, is the water safe to swim in?

"For the most part, yeah, it's safe to swim in," said Captain Wright. "That's where the sharks live. Its not the backyard swimming pool so that's where they live and you need to be cognizant of that."

Bottom line, Captain Wright says it's important to swim near lifeguards and be aware you aren't alone out there.

"Ask questions is it safe to swim today are there boogers that are out there that might get me?"

Chad's mom says their biggest concern is he plays basketball for Barry University in Miami. They're hoping he is able to get all of his mobility back to play next year.

Lifeguards stress the biggest thing to watch for this holiday weekend are the hazardous rip currents. A storm coming up from the south is making the water rougher than usual.

05/23/2012 Chad Renfro - Florida

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 12:32 am
by alb

Surfer bitten by shark at Jacksonville Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- At a glance, Jacksonville Beach seemed pretty calm. Surfers were in the water and kids were playing on the beach. But in between the seashells, bloody footprints sat as a reminder of danger lurking close by.

"We weren't paying attention until they waved down the rescue and then we noticed that he was bleeding and dripping from his foot," said local sunbather Hanna Patel.

Patel snapped this shot Wednesday afternoon of a 22-year-old Jacksonville surfer being transported by Ocean Rescue moments after authorities believe a shark bit his foot.

"We thought he had cut his toe. He still had the surfboard attached around his ankle," Patel recalled.

The incident happened near 1st Street and 11th Avenue South. Police say the victim had multiple cuts on one foot, the largest about two to three inches long. The man told police he didn't see what bit him.

Joey Moye ventured out into the water soon after, not thinking twice.

"All I saw was a lot of blood, them bandaging him up, and then I went straight back out there not thinking about a shark," Moye said.

But that's not the case for local beachgoer Mike Johnson. He says you won't seem him doing much swimming with the sharks this holiday weekend.

"I'll go waist deep maybe, but not very far out." Johnson said.

This is believed to be the first shark bite in Duval County this year.