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Sharks bite boy, 9, adult along Fla. island beaches

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A 9-year-old boy and an adult were
apparently bitten by sharks off the beaches of a barrier island,
authorities said. Their injuries were not considered
life-threatening.

The attacks happened within an hour of each other Saturday in
the water along Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County on Florida's
east coast.

The boy was bitten on his right buttock and thigh at Waveland
Park, St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman Catherine Whitaker
said. He was released after treatment at a local hospital.

About an hour later, a 30-year-old surfer at Normandy Beach was
bitten on his right ankle, causing a deep wound serious enough that
he was hospitalized for observation, Whitaker said.

Authorities did not release the name of either victim.

Last year, 23 shark attacks were recorded along the Florida
coast, maintaining the state's position as the world's shark attack
capital, according to a University of Florida study.

Florida's last recorded fatal shark attack was in 2005.