INJURED – 24 November 2009 – Cocoa Beach, Florida, US – swimmer attacked

shark_cocoa_beach A 10-year-old boy, Garrett Gollihugh, suffered injuries to his leg and ankle after being bitten twice by a shark in shallow waters off Cocoa Beach, Florida, US. The incident happened on Tuesday morning 24 November 2009, the day before his 11th birthday.

“It felt like glass scraping my foot, really,” Garrett told media. “It hurt a lot.”

Rescue officials said he managed to wade ashore by himself after being bitten. On the beach his father wrapped the wound in a towel, while his sister called paramedics. He was taken by ambulance to Cape Canaveral Hospital for stitches. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Officials said, judging by the size of the bite, it was probably a 2-3 foot shark.


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