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Florida Surfer Bitten on Foot By Shark

Man says he fought off shark that bit him in the foot while surfing at Cocoa Beach.



    Surfer Bitten By Shark at Cocoa Beach

    A surfer says he was bitten in the foot by a shark while surfing at Cocoa Beach. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013)

    A surfer was hospitalized after he was bitten on the foot by a shark at Cocoa Beach Tuesday.

    Bobby Baughman said he had been surfing for over two hours when he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his foot, according to WESH.

    "I just felt wham, something just grabbed me," he said. "It just went straight back down underwater, I know that they tell you you're supposed to like hit them in the gills or punch him in the nose, but I wasn't really thinking, I was just scared and needed to get this thing off of me so I just grabbed him like up around the snout and squeezed like as hard as I could."

    Baughman, who is in his 20s, said it worked and the shark swam away. A lifeguard helped him to shore, and he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he found out he would need surgery for torn ligaments in his foot.

    "I was hoping I was just going to get stitches and get to go home," he said.

    The chief lifeguard described it as a "pretty bad bite." The beach was closed for about 30 minutes.