‘I was like kind of in shock’: Surfer who survived shark attack describes scary encounter

MILITARY CONSUMER PROTECTION PAGE. HERE’S A LOOK AT THE PAGE NOW ONLINE. IT’S DEDICATED TO EDUCATING MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ABOUT HOW TO AVOID SCAMS. THERE ARE TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES AND WHAT TO DO IF YOUR IDENTITY IS STOLEN. MICHELLE: A 28-YEAR-OLD DAYTONA BEACH MAN BECAME VOLUSIA COUNTY’S THIRD SHARK BITE VICTIM THIS YEAR. STEWART: VOLUSIA COUNTY RECORDS MORE SHARK BITES, MOST OF THEM MINOR, THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD AND AS WESH 2’S CLAIRE METZ REPORTS NOW, SURFER PAT CLARK HAD THAT CLOSE ENCOUNTER SUNDAY. >> AND THEN I JUST FEEL THIS LIKE GNARLY LIKE PAIN. I’M LIKE, WHAT WAS THAT? CLAIRE: IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR PAT CLARK TO FIGURE OUT HE WAS ON THE WRONG END OF A SHARK WHILE SURFING WITH A FRIEND NEAR THE INLET IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH SUNDAY. CLARK SAYS HE WAS ON HIS SHORT BOARD. JUST RODE A WAVE IN AND TUMBLED OFF. THAT’S WHEN THE SHARK CHOMPED DOWN ON HIS LEFT FOOT. >> I WAS LIKE KIND OF IN SHOCK AND I FORGOT HOW TO SWIM AND I WAS LIKE REACHING FOR MY BOARD TRYING TO LIKE NOT GET BIT AGAIN. CLAIRE: PAT DIDN’T SEE THE SHARK, ALTHOUGH BASED ON THE BITE, THE DOCTOR ESTIMATED 4 TO 5 FEET. SPINNER AND BLACK TIP SHARKS VERY COMMON AT THE INLET. PAT TOOK NEARLY A DOZEN STITCHES, BUT THE ANIMAL THANKFULLY MISSED HIS TENDON. HE’S BEEN SURFING 16 YEARS AND KNOWS HIS FOOT LIKELY RESEMBLED A FISH IN THE WATER. >> I’VE TOLD A MILLION PEOPLE, OH, YOU WON’T GET BIT, YOU KNOW YOU ARE FINE. COME OUT SURFING. BUT I GUESS IT WAS JUST MY CARD. CLAIRE: VOLUSIA COUNTY RECORDED A RECORD NUMBER OF SHARK BITES BACK IN 2001. THE SO-CALLED YEAR OF THE SHARK. THERE WERE 22. LAST YEAR WE HAD 16 SHARK BITES IN THE COUNTY. SO 3 BY COMPARISON THIS YEAR IS STILL LOW, BUT THERE’S SEVERAL MONTHS YET TO GO. LIFEGUARDS AT THE BEACH WRAPPED THE INJURY. PAT’S FRIEND DROVE HIM TO THE HOSPITAL. HE’LL BE ON CRUTCHES FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. BUT. >> I’LL GO BACK OUT FOR SURE. CLAIRE: THAT IS THE MANTRA OF MOST SURFERS WHO HAVE CROSSED PATHS WITH THE FIERCE FISH AND SUFFERED INJURY. ONCE HEALED, THEY TYPICALLY GO BACK. >> IT’S A GREAT WAVE

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‘I was like kind of in shock’: Surfer who survived shark attack describes scary encounter

A 28-year-old Daytona Beach man became the third shark bite victim this year in Volusia County, Florida.“I feel this like gnarly pain. I’m like, what was that?” surfer Pat Clark said.It didn’t take long for Clark to figure out he was on the wrong end of a shark while surfing with a friend near the inlet in New Smyrna Beach Sunday. Clark said he was on his short board, just rode a wave in and tumbled off and that’s when the shark chomped down on his left foot. “I was like kind of in shock, and I forgot how to swim, and I was reaching for my board trying to not get bit again,” Clark said.Clark didn’t see the shark, but based on the bite, the doctor estimated it was 4 to 5 feet long. Spinner and black tip sharks are very common at the inlet. Clark got nearly a dozen stitches, but the animal thankfully missed his tendon. He’s been surfing 16 years and knows his foot likely resembled a fish in the water.“I’ve told a million people. Oh, you won’t get bit, you know you are fine. Come out surfing but I guess it was just my card,” Clark said.Volusia County recorded a record number of shark bites back in 2001, the so-called year of the shark, when there were 22. Last year, there were 16 shark bites in the county. Although, by comparison, this year’s three is low, there are several months yet to go.Lifeguards at the beach wrapped the injury and Clark’s friend drove him to the hospital. He’ll be on crutches for several weeks, but he said he’s certain he’ll be back out.That is the mantra of most surfers who have crossed paths with the fierce fish and suffered injury. Once healed, they typically go back.“It’s a great wave. It’s the best wave around, and you know, that’s the price we’re willing to pay I think,” Clark said.Beach safety officials in Volusia typically describe shark bite incidents as mistaken identities.They say sharks are going after bait fish in the murky water and occasionally bump into a surfer or swimmer instead.

A 28-year-old Daytona Beach man became the third shark bite victim this year in Volusia County, Florida.

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“I feel this like gnarly pain. I’m like, what was that?” surfer Pat Clark said.

It didn’t take long for Clark to figure out he was on the wrong end of a shark while surfing with a friend near the inlet in New Smyrna Beach Sunday. Clark said he was on his short board, just rode a wave in and tumbled off and that’s when the shark chomped down on his left foot.

“I was like kind of in shock, and I forgot how to swim, and I was reaching for my board trying to not get bit again,” Clark said.

Clark didn’t see the shark, but based on the bite, the doctor estimated it was 4 to 5 feet long. Spinner and black tip sharks are very common at the inlet. Clark got nearly a dozen stitches, but the animal thankfully missed his tendon. He’s been surfing 16 years and knows his foot likely resembled a fish in the water.

“I’ve told a million people. Oh, you won’t get bit, you know you are fine. Come out surfing but I guess it was just my card,” Clark said.

Volusia County recorded a record number of shark bites back in 2001, the so-called year of the shark, when there were 22. Last year, there were 16 shark bites in the county. Although, by comparison, this year’s three is low, there are several months yet to go.

Lifeguards at the beach wrapped the injury and Clark’s friend drove him to the hospital. He’ll be on crutches for several weeks, but he said he’s certain he’ll be back out.

That is the mantra of most surfers who have crossed paths with the fierce fish and suffered injury. Once healed, they typically go back.

“It’s a great wave. It’s the best wave around, and you know, that’s the price we’re willing to pay I think,” Clark said.

Beach safety officials in Volusia typically describe shark bite incidents as mistaken identities.

They say sharks are going after bait fish in the murky water and occasionally bump into a surfer or swimmer instead.

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