3 bitten by sharks off Central Florida beaches in 48 hours

Published On: Sep 04 2012 06:41:23 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2012 10:57:29 AM EDT

A 32-year-old man surfing off Melbourne Beach was bitten by a shark Monday morning, the third shark attack off the Central Florida coast since Sunday.

An 8-year-old Deltona girl and a 58-year-old woman were bitten by sharks in separate attacks off New Smyrna Beach on Sunday, officials said.

Monday's victim was bitten on the hand around 8 a.m. while surfing in the Atlantic near 3535 Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach, Brevard County officials said.

The surfer suffered minor puncture wounds and was treated at the beach, Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said.

The shark bite victim told rescuers that he was surfing in the area and while paddling out he felt something bite his hand. The surfer did not see the shark, but rescue officials said his wounds were consistent with a shark bite.

The incident marks the first reported shark bite in Brevard County in 2012.

On Sunday, a woman and a girl were bitten by sharks off New Smyrna Beach. Both received minor injuries.

Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Tammy Marris says a 58-year-old Orlando woman in 3 feet of water suffered a small puncture wound to her left ankle Sunday afternoon. The woman drove herself to a hospital.

Marris told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that an 8-year-old Deltona girl was bitten a couple hours later while she was boogie-boarding in shallow water. The girl suffered minor puncture wounds to her calf and hand. Her parents took her to a hospital.

There have been six shark bites in the waters off Volusia County this year. All the bites have been minor.


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