Two teenage surfers were bitten within 5 minutes of each other – (a beach official reckons they were different sharks), while surfing at New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida in the US. It’s the first attack of the year at New Smyrna Beach – notorious for several shark bites every year, although generally pretty minor ones.
Nick Romano, 17, suffered an 8-inch wound to his calf. He paddled back to shore and was taken to Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach. He had 17 stitches and was released.
He is quoted as saying:
“I saw the full thing right in front of me. The tail whipped right in front of me.
“Every surfer always thinks, ‘Oh one day I’m going to get bit by a shark.’ Today was my day.”
The other victim was 15-year-old Sydney Levy who was surfing with her mother. She was bitten on the ankle about 5 minutes after the attack on Romano. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Sydney’s mom who saw her get pulled under the water by the shark is quoted as saying:
“This was my worst nightmare.
“To me it was like a scene out of Jaws where the girl is getting sucked under. I said, ‘there is no way this thing is going to kill my daughter.’ I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and threw her on the nose of my board.”
She said the shark continued swimming around them as they called out for help to two nearby surfers who helped them to shore.
Both surfers said the shark was about 4 or 5 feet long. The species was not identified.