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16-Foot Shark Attacks Bodyboarding Man

IN BRIEF / BODEGA BAY

November 30, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A shark attack near here had an assistant Santa Rosa city attorney recovering in a hospital Friday after surgery on his badly bitten legs.

Michael J. Casey, 48, was bodyboarding Thanksgiving Day off Salmon Creek Beach when a 16-foot shark latched on and thrust him into the air. Yells from nearby surfers may have made the shark let go.

"He still has all his fingers and toes," said his wife, Maureen, "but I think he's a little bummed, because he had a whole surf weekend planned."

Casey suffered deep cuts to his legs, but was listed in good condition at an area hospital.

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