published : 2023-09-05

Two Recovering After Shark Bites at Same Florida Beach, Officials Say

Two men, one woman reported bitten by sharks in Volusia County over holiday weekend

A photo of a serene Florida beach, with crystal clear waters and golden sand, taken with a Nikon D850.

Two people are recovering after being bitten by sharks off the same Florida beach over Labor Day, officials say.

On Ponce Inlet, Volusia County Beach Safety confirmed that a 37-year-old woman from Apopka was bitten on her right foot while in shallow waters. She was playing in waist-deep water at the time of the attack and didn't see the shark that bit her.

The woman was immediately taken to a local hospital by Volusia County Emergency Medical Services. Fortunately, she is expected to be okay.

Another victim, a man in his 30s, was bit by a shark near the Ponce Inlet Jetty. He suffered a bite to his left hand but chose to refuse medical attention at the scene and instead took himself to the hospital. His condition is currently unknown.

A close-up image of a shark swimming in deep blue waters, showcasing its powerful presence, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The incident has raised concerns as this is the third reported shark attack in the area over the holiday weekend, with a fourth incident reported last July.

In light of these attacks, red flags were flown on Volusia County beaches, indicating high surf and strong currents.

The man's attack comes after a 21-year-old surfer from DeLand was bitten on the foot by a shark while surfing off Volusia County's New Smyrna Beach earlier on Friday.

In another unfortunate case, Chris Pospisil, a 21-year-old surfer on the University of Central Florida's surf team, was attacked by a shark at New Smyrna Beach in July. Pospisil described the harrowing incident, recounting how the shark came from under him, tipped him off his board, and dragged him underwater. He sustained significant injuries to his left foot, requiring surgery to repair tendons, arteries, and a skin graft.

A photo of a determined surfer riding a wave at New Smyrna Beach, capturing the thrill and excitement of the sport, taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

Despite the injuries, Pospisil has remained determined and plans to return to surfing once medically cleared.

These incidents serve as a reminder of the risks that come with enjoying the ocean, but they have not dampened the passion of these surfers. They are determined to continue pursuing their love for surfing, undeterred by the dangers they have faced.

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