It was a rough day in the water at Florida’s New Smyrna Beach. According to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue three people were bitten by sharks on Sunday, Sept. 19.
A 43-year-old Longwood man was bitten shortly before 10:45 a.m; a 36-year-old Miami man was bitten shortly before 11 a.m.; and a 16-year-old New Smyrna Beach boy was bitten shortly before 1 p.m.
Both men needed to be taken to a local hospital for treatment, but the boy only suffered a minor laceration and did not require hospitalization. All victims of the attacks are expected to survive their injuries.
Local surferDoug Watson told WFTV-Orlando that he wasn’t surprised to learn the news, “So there’s multiple sharks and tarpon and different sport fish that are feeding on the mullet run,” he said. “So yeah, you run into them. You see ’em.”
Signs were posted at the entrances to the beach warning of dangerous marine life, but according to Watson that’s just par for the course when you’re in the water. “You’re gonna see ’em,” Watson said. “It’s part of it. You just respect them.”
The 36-year old Miami man who was bitten later shared photos of paramedics treating him. In his short Facebook post he explained that he was shaken up by the experience and awaiting surgery.