Sharks bite two surfers within minutes in New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities cleared the water in New Smyrna Beach after two surfers were apparently bitten by sharks.

Volusia County Beach Patrol reports that a teenage boy and a young girl suffered bites within five minutes of each other Wednesday afternoon. They were both surfing in waist-deep water in the same area, but they weren't together.

Beach Patrol says the boy was taken by personal vehicle to a nearby hospital with cuts on his calf. The girl was taken by ambulance with a bite to the ankle.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ) reports that both victims described their shark as being about 4 or 5 feet long, but authorities says it's unlikely they were bitten by the same shark.

It wasn't immediately clear when the beach would be reopened.


Information from: Daytona Beach News-Journal,

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