03/19/2002 John Sadler (Florida)

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03/19/2002 John Sadler (Florida)

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Shark Bites Spring Breaker In Daytona
Second Person Bit In 5 Days

POSTED: 4:14 pm EST March 19, 2002
UPDATED: 8:52 am EST March 20, 2002

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- A shark tore into the foot of a person spending spring break in Daytona Beach, Fla., Tuesday while he tried to swim to shore, according to Local 6 News.

College student John Sadler said that he was bitten on the foot in front of the lifeguard stand in only 3 feet of water.

“I was in the water looking at my buddy in the waves and the next thing you know he just came up and grabbed my foot,” Sadler said. “There’s about six different little bites on my foot, six different holes. I’ll probably need stitches on one of them.”

It is the second shark bite in the area in the last five days.

Lifeguards said that the latest bite is most likely related to the change in Florida’s weather. As water temperature increases, sharks often come closer to shore to feed on bait fish and sometimes mistakenly bite humans.

Sadler was visiting Daytona Beach on spring break from Valencia Community College in Orlando, Fla.

Watch Local 6 News for the latest on this story.


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