Third Florida Shark Attack Leaves 18-Year-Old Surfer Hurt

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. There have been three shark attacks in as many days in the Atlantic Ocean off New Smyrna Beach.

Eighteen-year-old David Alger was getting on his board when a shark clamped down on his left foot Monday, said Volusia County Beach Patrol spokesman Jack Driskell.

The encounter left him with foot lacerations, which were treated at the scene before he drove himself to the hospital.

Authorities cleared the area of swimmers and surfers because other sharks were spotted.

Over the weekend, two other surfers were bitten by sharks at the beach. But they didn't sustain life or limb threatening injuries.