Small shark attack pushes this year's total to 10
By MICHAEL GIUSTI (email@example.com
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES - A small shark bit a swimmer Monday, the 10th such attack along Volusia County's beach this year.
Jason Armstrong, 25, St. Petersburg, was in waist-deep water at 1:20 p.m. when a shark bit the middle fingers on his right hand, said Beach Patrol Deputy Chief Joe Wooden.
Armstrong told lifeguards he grabbed the 2- to 3-foot shark with his other hand and pulled free. Then he walked out of the water north of the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort at 2500 S. Atlantic Ave.
Armstrong was taken to Halifax Medical Center and treated in the emergency room.
"Right now we are having unstable weather stirring up the ocean," Wooden said. "That brings in bait fish, which brings in sharks."
He said the rough surf conditions are expected to continue for at least the next two days.
Other than the shark attack, Wooden said there were no major problems on the beach.
"We just continue to patrol the beach looking for hazardous conditions," he said.
He said the peak beach season has passed and the number of people on the beach is down.
Wooden added that the rip currents still pose a potential danger and there were a few rescues scattered throughout the county Monday. But nothing was out of the ordinary, he said.
The Flagler Beach Fire Department did not report any major problems on the beach Monday or over the weekend.