PICS: 3 shark attacks in 3hrs at same Florida beach

2016-09-19 15:46
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Florida - Three surfers suffered shark bites in separate attacks over a three-hour period in the same area of a Florida beach.

The attacks began Sunday morning when the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue agency says a 43-year-old man was bitten on the lower leg or ankle while surfing. About a half hour later, a 36-year-old old man was bitten on the hands. Both men were hospitalized.

Chucky Luciano, who suffered the attack to his hands posted photos of paramedics treating him to his Facebook account saying, "I'll need hand surgery in a couple hours. I'm still shook up about what happened. This has been a crazy week for me. But Im very grateful that I survived and will get to recover. Many people are not so lucky. 

About two hours after that, a 16-year-old boy was bitten on his inner thigh. He had only a minor injury and wasn't taken to the hospital. All the bites came near a jetty in an area well-known for shark activity.

Afterward, beach safety officials instructed beach-goers not to go in the water above their knees.

Summer Shark Alert for Cape Town

Locally the City of Cape Town has issued the usual seasonal shark activity alert for, especially, are urged to be vigilant in the areas between Sunrise and Macassar Beach as research has shown that the presence of sharks is extremely common at this time of year.

Beach-goers and surgers have been cautioned to be aware of the expected increase in in-shore shark activity over the spring and summer months along the Western Cape coastal regions. 

‘Typically, shark sightings start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported in mid-summer," Johan van der Merwe for the City's Environmental and Spatial Planning says. 

Added to this, the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net was redeployed on 4 September and will continue to curb shark activity along the bay for the duration of summer.

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