2 people injured in apparent shark attacks at same Florida beach

Jul 19, 2018, 00:11
2 people injured in apparent shark attacks at same Florida beach

The teen was reportedly bitten in waters about a mile away from the first incident.

Fernandina Beach Fire Chief Ty Silcox says a 30-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were bitten on the feet.

Fernandina Beach, just northeast of Jacksonville, was closed to swimmers Friday afternoon.

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Both victims are recovering in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The man, Dustin Theobald, said he was surfing with his 8-year-old son near Seaside Park when he was bitten by a nurse shark or a black tip shark.

Two people are in stable condition after being bitten by a shark in northern Florida.

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Authorities said the Division of Ocean Rescue was monitoring for "dangerous marine life" and that swimming was prohibited "until further notice". "I felt pressure on my foot and then it jerked back around left and right".

Of 88 unprovoked shark bites that the Florida Museum of Natural History documented around the globe past year, more than one third took place along the shores of Florida, the shark attack capital of the world.

The 17-year-old, who was not identified as male or female, received puncture wounds to his foot, the fire department said. "I put my hand on his head - he was probably four to five feet (long) - and when I did that, he shook twice and when I did that he released and left". There were 32 reported shark attacks in the state in 2016, according to the Florida Museum International Shark Attack File's latest report.

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Theobald said he didn't feel the pain from the shark bite until he got to the hospital. There were 243 attacks between 2007 and 2016 that included one death.

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