Surfer nipped by shark
The Associated Press
Posted June 11, 2002, 11:19 AM EDT
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH -- At least two and possibly three shark attacks have been reported in Florida this week, the latest on a surfer at St. Augustine Beach.
The Ormond Beach man, whose name was not immediately available, was surfing in about 8 feet of water about 75 yards from shore Monday when a shark bit him on the hand, said Dave Williams, director of beach safety for St. Johns County.
Williams said that when the man pulled free, a shark tooth was embedded in his hand. He was taken by private vehicle to Flagler Hospital for treatment.
An Orlando man was bitten Sunday by what lifeguards say may or may not have been a shark at New Smyrna Beach.
Craig Taylor was sitting on his surfboard when something bit his right foot, Volusia County Beach Patrol officials said. Lifeguards who bandaged his foot said the bite pattern could have been left by a bluefish instead of a shark.
Also Sunday, a 10-year-old boy was attacked by a shark at Jensen Beach. Corey Brooks of Port St. Lucie needed 125 stitches to close an 8-inch wound on his leg.
There were 76 unprovoked shark attacks in the United States last year, 37 of them in Florida, according to the International Shark Attack File in Gainesville
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