Florida Surfer Bitten by Shark While Trying to Catch Wave, Suffers Lacerations

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Authorities say a man from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., was bitten by a shark while he was surfing.

Volusia County Beach Patrol spokesman Capt. Scott Petersohn said the shark bit the 20-year-old's left foot about 3 p.m. Sunday while he was swimming out to catch a wave, his surfboard in tow.

Petersohn said the unidentified man's friends took him to a hospital for treatment.

The man, who had four lacerations to his foot and instep, also got treatment on the scene.

"The wound wasn't life- or limb-threatening," Petersohn told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. "We get a lot worse injuries of people falling on the (Daytona Beach) pier."