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Florida Shark Victim Is Still Critical

June 29, 2005|From Associated Press

CAPE SAN BLAS, Fla. — A 16-year-old boy who lost a leg following the second shark attack in three days along the Florida Panhandle was in critical condition Tuesday and facing more surgery.

Craig Adam Hutto was fishing in waist-deep water about 60 feet from shore Monday when the shark grabbed his right thigh, nearly severing the leg, said Capt. Bobby Plair of the Gulf County Sheriff's Office.

Doctors amputated the boy's leg. Dr. Reed Finney, a cardiovascular surgeon at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, said Tuesday that the limb had suffered irreparable damage.

On Saturday, 14-year-old Jamie Marie Daigle died from her injuries after being attacked by a shark about 80 miles away, near Destin.

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