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Three surfers get shark bites in three hours at same Florida beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Three surfers suffered shark bites in separate attacks over a three-hour period in the same area of a Florida beach.

The attacks began Sunday morning when the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue agency says a 43-year-old man from Longwood was bitten on the lower leg or ankle while surfing around 10:40 a.m. CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG reports he suffered significant lacerations. 

About a half hour later, a 36-year-old old man from Miami was bitten on the hands, also suffering significant cuts. Both men were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

About two hours after that, the agency says a 16-year-old boy from New Smyrna was bitten on his inner thigh. He had only a minor injury and wasn’t taken to the hospital.

All the bites came near a jetty in an area well-known for shark activity.

Afterward, beach safety officials instructed beachgoers not to go in the water above their knees.

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