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14-year-old boy bitten by shark in Florida, fourth incident in a month

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(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — A 14-year-old boy was bitten by a shark Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla., local authorities said.

The teen, who was visiting from Missouri, was bitten on the left foot while standing in knee-deep water, according to Volusia County Beach Ocean Rescue.

He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident marks the fourth shark bite reported in Volusia County this month.

On Monday, another 14-year-old boy was bitten on the right calf during a junior lifeguard camp in Ponce Inlet. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening lacerations, according to Aaron Jenkins, Volusia County deputy chief of beach safety.

Witnesses said the shark was a blacktip reef shark, a common animal in the area, he added.

A 21-year-old man from Ohio was bitten on the foot on July 4 while playing football in knee-deep water. He also suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Jenkins said.

“It felt like my foot was being stabbed,” said Connor Baker, the 21-year-old victim. “I tried as fast as I could to get to shore.”

The next day, July 5, a 26-year-old man from Sarasota, Florida, was bitten on the foot while wading in an inner tube in about 5 feet of water. His injuries are not life-threatening, Jenkins said.

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