Florida Town Reopens Beaches After Two Apparent Shark Attacks
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL — July 16, 2018
The town of Fernandina Beach, Florida, reopened its beaches to swimmers Saturday, a day after two people were injured minutes apart in “alleged shark bite incidents,” the city government said.
The city fire department said it received a report of the first incident at 3:35 p.m. ET Friday. Three minutes later, while attending to the first victim, the department received a report of a second biting incident. The city then closed the beaches to swimmers.
Shark attacks are common in Florida, with dozens reported in the state each year, but they usually happen in waters off southern Atlantic beaches and are extremely rare in the state's northernmost county, where Fernandina Beach is located.
The city's police department said in a statement that Dustin Theobald, 30, received several lacerations and puncture wounds to his right foot from the bite. The 17-year-old, who was not identified as male or female, received puncture wounds to his foot, the fire department said.
Both were in stable condition, with non-life-threatening injuries, the city said.
The teenager was bitten while wading in shallow water. It was not clear whether one or two sharks were involved in the incidents
Fernandina Beach, Florida's northernmost municipality, is on Amelia Island on the Atlantic coast.