2 people bitten by sharks minutes apart at Florida beach

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - uthorities say two people were bitten by sharks minutes apart at the same Florida beach.

Volusia County Beach safety officials told news outlets the two bites occurred Saturday afternoon at New Smyrna Beach.

Authorities say a 23-year-old woman was bitten on the left hand and wrist, which required her to receive stitches. A short time later, a 21-year-old man was bitten on his right foot and was treated at the scene. Neither bite was life-threatening.

Their identities were not immediately available. The type of shark or sharks involved was not known.

In Miami-Dade County, a man was injured while fishing off Key Biscayne. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics and the man's friends said it was a possible shark attack. 

The University of Florida’s International Shark Attack file says there have been 17 suspected shark bites involving humans in the state this year.

 

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