WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- According to news reports, three individuals were attacked during the weekend by sharks at New Smyrna Beach which is dubbed as the “shark attack capital of the world”.
- Mike Berard, of Volusia County’s Beach Safety captain told WFTV that the latest victims included a 68-year-old man who was bitten on the leg while standing knee-deep in the water on Sunday afternoon.
- The other two victims are a male and female surfer who sustained non-life threatening bites on their leg and hand.
News reports have reported that three people became the latest victims of shark attacks at a Florida beach notoriously known as the “shark attack capital of the world” less than a week following the most recent one.
Beach Safety Capt. Mike Berard of Volusia County told WFTV that among the victims is a 68-year-old man from Nashville, Tenn., whose right foot was chewed off by a shark while he was standing knee-deep in the water at New Smyrna Beach around 3 p.m. on Sunday.
He received minor lacerations which were treated by first responders, but later refused to be taken to the hospital.
The other two victims were surfers, one of whom was a 20-year-old woman who was bitten on her left hand and wrist. Berard said that she was brought to Halifax Medical Center with minor injuries. He added that while they were preparing to take the woman to the hospital, the other victim, a 21-year-old male surfer approached them and pointed out a shark bite on his right foot.
He was also treated with bandages and declined to go to the hospital.
So far, nine people have already been attacked and bitten by sharks at New Smyrna Beach this year.
It had been estimated that anyone who has swum at the Volusia County beach which was dubbed as the international shark attack capital by the International Shark Attack File has been within 10 feet of a shark.
Meanwhile, other shark attacks that had been reported recently were that of Reed Zipperer from Satellite Beach, Florida whose hand was bitten on July 29. Two days before, another victim was a man from Arizona who was bitten on the leg while boogie boarding. He was attacked near the spot where Zipperer was attacked.
Source: New York Post