Three Surfers Attacked By Sharks Sunday Just South of New Smyrna Jetty
By Space Coast Daily // September 18, 2016
just north of the Brevard County line
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLORIDA — Three surfers were attacked and bitten by sharks in a two and a half hour time period on Sunday, just south of the New Smyrna Jetty.
New Smyrna Beach is located just north of the Brevard County line.
According to a report by WESH-TV, the first a 43-year-old man from Longwood was bitten on the lower leg about 10:30 a.m. while surfing. Despite suffering what officials called “significant lacerations,” the man is expected to survive.
Less than 30 minutes later, a 36-year-old Miami man was bit on both hands while surfing.
He was taken to the hospital for treatment, authorities told WESH-TV.
In the third attack, at about 1 p.m., a 16-year-old surfer was bitten on the thigh. His injuries were described as minor, according to WESH-TV.
Florida has seen the most shark attacks in the world between 1990 and 2007 with 397 – and 4 fatalities. Home to an astounding 238 attacks, New Smyrna Beach consistently records more shark attacks than any other beach.
However, despite that alarming number, there has yet to be a fatal attack. Most of the bites are from young bull sharks nibbling for what they think is food.
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