Three surfers get shark bites in three hours at same Florida beach

Surfers at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Sept 18, 2016.  (WKMG-TV)
Surfers at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Sept 18, 2016. (WKMG-TV)

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Three surfers suffered shark bites in separate attacks over a three-hour period in the same area of a Florida beach.

The attacks began Sunday morning when the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue agency says a 43-year-old man was bitten on the lower leg or ankle while surfing. About a half hour later, a 36-year-old old man was bitten on the hands. Both men were hospitalized.

About two hours after that, the agency says a 16-year-old boy was bitten on his inner thigh. He had only a minor injury and wasn’t taken to the hospital.

All the bites came near a jetty in an area well-known for shark activity.

Afterward, beach safety officials instructed beachgoers not to go in the water above their knees.

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