Two swimmers were injured in what appears to be two separate shark attacks on the same beach on the same day in Florida.
This happened on Friday the 13th, July 2018 at Fernandian Beach, Florida.
Neither person who was bit could be100% sure they were bitten by sharks but the local fire department described the injuries at “alleged shark bite incidents.”
“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.” – Fernandina Beach Fire Department via press release
The first attack occurred at 3:35pm and the second only 3 minutes later at 3:38pm.
These attacks happened only 1.2 miles away from each other.
The two people bitten are a 17-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man, according to Jacksonville ABC WJXX.
The 30-year-old who was bitten, Dustin Theobald, told ABC News that he was lying on a surfboard in about 2 feet of water when he felt something grab his foot.
“It pulled. And twisted left and then right and jerked really hard. [I] reached back to my foot and I guess grabbed its head. It happened really fast. I guess I grabbed its head, he let go.”
“I have some torn tendons on the top of my foot. Right now, they left the wound open to clear out any bacteria or infection or anything like that. They’re pumping me with antibiotics. Once all the cultures come back negative, they’re going to sew me up… probably Monday or Tuesday.” – Dustin Theobald told ABC
Local authorities closed the beach to swimming after the alleged shark attacks on Friday.
The sheriff’s department drove a truck along the beach on Friday announcing:
“There’s a shark in the water that has already bit two people, please exit the water.”
More shark attacks occur in Florida than anywhere else on Earth.
Fernandina Beach Fire Department Press Release: