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Florida beach closed after two shark bites are reported within just five minutes 


Two sharks bites were reported within just five minutes along a Florida beach on Friday. 

A 17-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man were the two victims that were reportedly bitten by sharks while swimming at Fernandina Beach, near Jacksonville. 

Just three minutes after the first bite was reported around 3:30pm, Fernandina Beach personnel arrived on the scene. 

Both of the victims were bitten on their feet and are in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries. They were attacked at different locations along the beach. 

Two sharks bites were reported within just five minutes of each other along Fernandina Beach in Florida on Friday, a scene of the beach following the incident pictured above 

Two sharks bites were reported within just five minutes of each other along Fernandina Beach in Florida on Friday, a scene of the beach following the incident pictured above 

The victims were a 17-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man, both were bitten in separate incidents 

The victims were a 17-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man, both were bitten in separate incidents 

‘There was no one besides him and myself over in that general direction.  He yelled and he went down and he was kind of hopping and he looked over at me and goes “I got bit, I got bit! Get out!” and motioned towards the beach,’ one witness said on the 30-year-old First Coast News. 

Another witness on the scene says the 30-year-old could barely hobble to the lifeguard stand for help following the bite.

‘You could see bone on the top and on the bottom,’ the witness said on the injury. 

Double red flags were raised at all guarded beaches in the area closing the water to the public until further notice. 

Officials said the two are in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries following the bites

Officials said the two are in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries following the bites

The last shark bite reported at Fernandina beach two or three years ago

The last shark bite reported at Fernandina beach two or three years ago

‘Both patients are reportedly stable, with non-life-threatening injuries. Neither patient could advise what type or size of marine life had caused their respective injuries,’ the Fernandina beach government announced on Facebook.  

Witnesses added they saw fins in the water.  However it’s been years since a shark bite was reported in the area.  

‘The last time we had one was about two or three years ago. We haven’t had any shark bites in quite some time,’ Fire Chief Ty Silcox said to Jacksonville.com.

In 2016 a total of 32 shark attacks were reported in the state. 

From 2007 to 2016, a total of 243 attacks were reported including one fatality, according to the Florida Museum International Shark Attack File. 

 



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