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Shark bites surfer on hand in Melbourne, Florida

1:16 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A surfer is recovering from a shark bite on his hand.

The incident happened Sunday near the Aquarina Beach and Country Club in southern Brevard County.

Brevard County Fire Rescue Lt. Gary Windham told Florida Today the man "suffered a significant bite to the left hand" and almost "lost four fingers."

The man, who was reported to be around 50, is a local surfer. He walked to a fire station, where he was treated. Then he was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne for further treatment.

The newspaper reports he was released from the hospital about 5 p.m. Sunday.

No further details were immediately available.

Associated Press

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