Shark Bites Florida Swimmer
Victim Received 11 Stitches
POSTED: 7:55 a.m. EST April 2, 2002
UPDATED: 12:35 p.m. EST April 2, 2002
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. -- A shark bit an Ohio swim coach on the arm Monday as the man swam in the Atlantic Ocean Monday.
Matthew May, of Coldwater, Ohio, was in town with a group of children for a swimming tournament when he was attacked.
May received 11 stitches in his left arm after being bitten twice on the arm, according to Local 6 News.
"I thought at first it was probably a jellyfish," May said at a news conference, wearing a large bandage on his left arm above the elbow. "Then I saw there was blood in the water and blood running down my arm, and I realized it was serious."
George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Fla., said it was the fifth Florida shark attack this year.