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Florida surfer in serious condition after shark bite

File photo of shark in waters off South Florida
File photo of shark in waters off South Florida

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A man surfing off the coast of Fort Pierce is in serious condition after being bitten by a shark Friday morning.

The man, who was identified to be in his 60's, was surfing at Fort Pierce Inlet State park and was taken to a St. Lucie County hospital as a trauma patient after the incident, WPTV reports.

A county official says the man suffered a "significant" bit between the knee and ankle.

According to the report, beachgoers near the area of the bite are being told to swim near lifeguards.