Two Teens Attacked
By Sharks in Florida
* A second shark attack in three days off Florida's Gulf Coast critically injured a 16-year-old boy yesterday. Doctors amputated the teen's right leg, but he was expected to recover. On Saturday a 14-year-old girl vacationing in the Florida Panhandle was killed while swimming with a friend.
Yesterday's incident occurred off Cape San Blas, a popular vacation spot. Craig Hutto, of Lebanon, Tennessee, was fishing in waist-deep water with his brother and a friend when the shark grabbed him by the thigh. The boys said they punched the shark several times while escaping.
Saturday's attack occurred 80 miles to the west, near Destin. Jamie Daigle, of Gonzales, Louisiana, was boogie-boarding with a friend about 300 feet offshore when a six-foot bull shark bit her, opening a deep leg wound. As the friend frantically paddled away, others raced to help.
Surfer Tim Dicus got to Jamie just as the shark was preparing to attack again. Dicus got the girl on his surfboard and started for shore. But, he told a Louisiana paper, the shark "just followed us right to the beach." Dicus hit it in the nose when it tried to attack.
Erich Ritter of the Shark Attack Institute said it was unlikely the same shark was involved in both incidents.
Florida reported 12 shark attacks in 2004, down from 30 the year before.