Sunday, September 18, 2011

Another attack

A surfer was bitten this morning by a bull shark as he paddled out on his board about a quarter mile south of the jetty at the 2800 block in New Smyrna Beach, said Capt. Tammy Marris.
While the attack left a 3-inch deep cut on the arm of Daniel Jorgensen, 25, of Winter Park, Jorgensen, who was in 6 feet of water, refused transport to the hospital, Marris said. “He said he would drive himself to the hospital,” Marris said.

The attack, reported just after 11 a.m., is this year’s fifth shark bite, Marris said. Local fishing guide and surfer Capt. Patrick Preston said he was out for a surf and was only 10 feet away from Jorgensen when he was bitten.

“I saw the swirl, the shark swirled real hard, probably about five feet from me when I was duck diving (through a wave),” Preston said. “I looked over and there was mullet jumping all over this guy and then the whole (expletive) shark came out of the water.

“It was a big shark. More than likely (a bull),” he said. “I’ve never seen a black tip or anything get that big.”

New Smyrna Beach surfer and Surfer magazine photographer Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt said an 8-foot bull shark has been seen cruising the same sandbar where Jorgensen was bitten for days now.

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