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Sharks bite 12-year-old boy, 71-year-old man in Volusia County


VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – Two shark bites and one drowning were reported on beaches in central Florida on Monday, according to Volusia County Beach Safety.

The two shark bites were reported at New Smyrna Beach under red flag conditions. One involved a 71-year-old Jupiter who was knee deep in water with his boogie board when a shark bit his right foot. He was treated on the spot and released.

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The second bite occurred when a 12-year-old boy from Cocoa Beach jumped off his surfboard and into the waist-deep water. The boy was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center as a trauma alert to be treated for a bite in his right calf, officials said.

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At Daytona Beach Shores at around 10:50 a.m., a 67-year-old man who was swimming with his grandson in an unsupervised area had to be pulled from the water by other bathers who immediately began CPR. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 a.m.

The victim’s 24-year-old grandson was treated on site for exhaustion.

In addition, 15 people were rescued from the ocean on Monday, according to Volusia County Beach Safety.

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