1986/11/04 Dan Lund - Florida -
Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:01 pm
Stuart Surfer Dan Lund points to the right side of his foot where a shark bit him in 1986 causing wounds requiring 1,000 stitches.
By CHRIS O’MALLEY
STUART — A shark apparently bit a Jensen Beach man in the leg as the man was surfing Tuesday off Tiger Shores on Hutchinson Island.
Daniel Lund, 23, was listed in satisfactory condition late Tuesday night in Martin Memorial Hospital following surgery.
Hospital officials would not elaborate on the extent of the wound.
The attack occurred about 2 p.m. as Lund was surfing with friends.
Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy Becky Gifford said Lund had just finished riding a wave when he stepped onto a sand bar offshore.
“He said he stepped in front of the shark or on the shark. He said he felt something pulling or grabbing on his leg,” Gifford said. “He jerked it away.”
Lund’s friends took him to Jensen Beach EmergiCentre, Inc., where he was prepared for transportation to Martin Memorial.
Lund had a flesh wound to his right leg, which looked like it could have been made by a shark, said Dr. Richard Barbaza at the EmergiCentre.
Kurt Lund, the injured man’s brother, said Tuesday night his family was preparing to visit the hospital but he believed the wound was “not that serious.”
The Sheriff’s Department did not close the beaches in the area, but notified lifeguards at Stuart Beach, said lifeguard Jim Shipes.
“It’s unfortunate,” Shipes said. “He (Lund) was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Shipes said people had spotted small sharks in the area, “but for the most part, sharks don’t come close.”
He said sharks are not uncommon this time of the year as the fish they feed on migrate from the north to warmer waters.
Devohna Goluba, who was fishing nearby, said her husband, John had caught a 3 1/2-foot-long shark along the shore earlier in the day and let it go.
“We’ve seen quite a few fins out there,” she said.
Sharks usually pursue smaller fish offshore, Shipes said.
“They’re not into biting people.” When they do, “the sharks usually bite and let go.”
Shipes said, in fact, that he worries more about being bitten by a bluefish — a popular sport fish that travels in schools and often goes into a frenzy when feeding.
Surfers may be more appetizing because as boards are shortened, surfers may resemble sea turtles, Shipes said.
Alex Ashford of Port Salerno was rubbing a disc of wax on his surfboard at Tiger Shores Tuesday afternoon and was undaunted by news of the attack.
He has had some close calls with sharks before, but says, “As long as you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone.”
Shipes, who knows Lund, said: “I’m sure Dan will be back out as soon as he gets his stitches out.”
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