Sharks bite three people at New Smyrna Beach

Posted at 5:49 AM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 05:49:56-04

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Several surfers testing the waves in the Atlantic Ocean were bitten by sharks in the same area over a period of a few hours.

WESH-TV reported Sunday that three people who were in the water at New Smyrna Beach were bitten. New Smyrna Beach is on Florida's east coast and is just south of Daytona Beach.

The television station reported that a 43-year-old man from Longwood was bitten Sunday morning on the lower leg while surfing. Despite "significant lacerations," he is expected to survive.

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Less than a half-hour after a 36-year-old Miami was bit on both hands while surfing. Then about two hours later a 16-year-old surfer was bitten on his thigh although his injuries were described as minor.

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