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Surfer who fell on 6-foot shark is 11th person to be bitten at New Smyrna Beach in Florida

Surfer, 40, who was bitten after he fell on a 6-foot shark is the 11th person to survive a shark attack at Florida Beach dubbed ‘shark bite capital of the world’

  • A shark bit Don Walsh, 40, on Tuesday, August 27 at New Smyrna Beach, Florida 
  • He fell off the board before landing on the shark which bit his leg and hand
  • Walsh fell off his surfboard and landed on top of a 6-foot-long shark  
  • He received stitches by the Ocean Rescue Crew at the scene
  • Walsh is the 11th person to survive a shark attack at the beach where swimmers are never more than 10-feet away from a shark  

A Florida man survived a shark attack this week after falling off his surfboard mid air and landing on a bite happy 6.5-foot shark.

Don Walsh was surfing on Tuesday morning at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, when the incident occurred. 

Walsh, who is a chiropractor in Brevard County, had taken the day off from work and spent several hours that morning surfing. 

According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, the 40-year-old planned on going home, but decided to catch a few last waves. 

Don Walsh, 40, survived a shark attack on Tuesday after falling off his surfboard and on top of the shark 

Around 11.55am, Walsh caught some serious air on a wave and took a nasty fall midair onto a 6.5-foot-long shark.  

Walsh told Fox News: ‘Took a wave and bailed on the move and landed on a shark and next thing I knew he was biting my leg, biting my hand.’

The type of shark is unknown, but Walsh told Click Orlando he believes it may have been a bull shark 

Tamra Malphurs, of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue, told The Dayton Beach News-Journal that Walsh ‘landed on the shark in waist-deep water and got bitten’.

‘It felt like a freight train hit me and the first thing I could think of was to literally push him away from me and as soon as it happened,’ he told Orlando News 6.

‘I grabbed my board and started to paddle as fast as I could.’

Walsh: 'Took a wave and bailed on the move and landed on a shark and next thing I knew he was biting my leg, biting my hand'

Walsh: ‘Took a wave and bailed on the move and landed on a shark and next thing I knew he was biting my leg, biting my hand’

The 6.5-foot shark took a bite out of Walsh's left leg and hand, leaving behind open wounds

The 6.5-foot shark took a bite out of Walsh’s left leg and hand, leaving behind open wounds

Walsh was treated by Ocean Rescue Crews at the scene and did not need to receive medical treatment at a hospital

Walsh was treated by Ocean Rescue Crews at the scene and did not need to receive medical treatment at a hospital 

The shark chomped at Walsh’s left leg and hand, leaving behind open wounds and scratches. 

He was treated by Ocean Rescues Crews at the scene and did not need to receive medical treatment at a hospital.

Walsh plans to be cautious when surfing in the future, but said he won’t let the shark attack keep him at bay. 

He told Orlando News 6: ‘I’ll get back in as soon the stitches come out and the wounds are closed up, I’ll get back in the water.’

Walsh: 'I'll get back in as soon the stitches come out and the wounds are closed up, I'll get back in the water'

Walsh: ‘I’ll get back in as soon the stitches come out and the wounds are closed up, I’ll get back in the water’

New Smyrna Beach is dubbed the 'shark bite capital of the world' and Walsh is the eleventh person attacked by a shark this summer

New Smyrna Beach is dubbed the ‘shark bite capital of the world’ and Walsh is the eleventh person attacked by a shark this summer

Walsh is the eleventh person to involved in a shark attack at New Smyrna Beach this summer. 

New Smyrna Beach is dubbed the ‘shark bite capital of the world’ and National Geographic said that anyone who enters the water at the Florida beach has likely come into within 10-feet of a shark. 

According to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File, Florida leads the country in shark attacks last year and 24 percent of all the unprovoked attacks in the world.   

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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