3 People Bitten by Sharks in One Day at Florida Beach

All are expected to be OK
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2016 4:24 PM CDT
Volusia County lifeguard Greg Atkinson keeps on eye on the occasional bather during heavy surf in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Wednesday, May 9, 2007.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(Newser) – Three people were bitten by sharks Sunday at Florida's New Smyrna Beach, a place the News-Journal refers to as the "shark bite capital of the world." A 43-year-old male surfer was bitten on his lower leg and ankle and taken to the hospital with "significant lacerations" around 10:40am. Then, 20 minutes later, another male surfer, this one 36 years old, was bitten on both hands; he was also taken to the hospital with "significant lacerations." About two hours later, a 16-year-old male surfer was bitten on his thigh, but only received a "minor" laceration and was not taken to the hospital. The Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue captain says that although three bites in one day is not typical, it's also "not really that unusual" for the beach. (Read more shark attack stories.)

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