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2 Teens Injured by Shark Bites

July 04, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Two teenagers swimming in an ocean inlet were bitten by sharks as they swam off New Smyrna Beach. Danielle Shidemantle, 19, of Lake Mary, was bitten by a 3-foot-long shark in her upper left thigh, Volusia County Deputy Beach Chief Joe Wooden said. A little more than two hours later, Amber Benningfield, 13, from Bowling Green, Ky., was bitten in her left calf. The attacks were within a few yards of each other. Shidemantle was treated and released, but Benningfield was hospitalized in stable condition. The sharks were probably black tip or spinner sharks, Wooden said.

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