Apparent shark attack
PALM BEACH SHORES -- Two high school students helped reduce the blood flow coming from a teenage surfer's injured foot after a shark apparently bit the surfer.
Matt Kraskiewicz, 17, was riding waves off this small beach town on Florida's east coast Monday when a shark apparently attacked him.
When he reached the shore with blood pouring from one of his feet, Amber McKinney, 14, and Melissa Gosnell, 15, applied towels to Kraskiewicz's wound.
''She put a wet towel on it, and I put pressure on it,'' McKinney said. ''Then I called 911. He told me he couldn't feel anything but he felt like he was going to faint.''
Kraskiewicz, 17, of Fort Lauderdale, was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center.
It was the fifth shark attack in Palm Beach County this year.
Through Friday, Florida has had 31 attacks in 2000, six more than it had in all of 1999.
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