WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Fernandina Beach in Florida reopens Saturday after it was closed the previous day due to shark attacks.
- Two people were reportedly taken to a hospital after being attacked by a shark Friday afternoon while swimming.
- A 30-year-old was bitten by a 4-foot nurse shark while heading back to shore while a 17-year-old was reportedly bitten while swimming about a mile away from the first attack.
Fernandina Beach in northern Florida reopened on Saturday after a double shark attack occurred the previous day.
“The waters are back open this morning. Ocean Rescue will remain on high alert and will continue monitoring the water,” the city government tweeted Saturday.
The Fernandina Beach Fire Department responded Friday afternoon to a call regarding a shark attack. The victim was a 30-year-old man who had been surfing but was bitten by a shark on his way back to shore.
After three minutes, the fire department received another shark attack report. A 17-year-old had been bitten about a mile from the first attack.
“Both patients are reportedly stable, with non-life-threatening injuries. Neither patient could advise what type or size of marine life had caused their respective injuries,” the City of Fernandina Beach Government posted on Facebook Friday evening.
Fernandina Beach was immediately closed that day.
Though shark attacks are common in Florida, they usually occur in waters off southern Atlantic beaches. Fernandina Beach is located in Florida’s northernmost county.
The 30-year-old victim, Dustin Theobald, had several lacerations and puncture wounds to his right foot from the attack. The unidentified teen got puncture wounds to his foot, the city’s police department said in a statement.
“I was in 2 feet of water, or less, lying on my stomach… and I felt something grab onto my foot and pull,” Theobald told a local television news station. “I reached down for my foot. I put my hand on his head – he was probably 4-5 feet – and when I did that, he shook twice…he released and left.”
The 17-year-old, who did not see what bit him, was attacked while wading in shallow water. It was not determined whether one or two sharks were involved in the attacks.