Teen survives shark attack

Friday, September 2, 2011 - 1:24pm

A Florida teenager bitten by a shark Wednesday has been released from the hospital.

A shark, estimated at 6 feet, bit Shane Lancaster, 19, of Keystone Heights, around 11 a.m., according to witness David Macri, who works at the Blue Sky Surf Shop.

"The water was probably up to my belly button and I slid off my board, and as soon as my foot hit the sand, the shark grabbed hold real quick and it was gone," Lancaster said.

The surfer was taken to Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine and was discharged Thursday.

"It wasn't like I was screaming," he said of the pain. "It was scary and shocking, that's all. It was like a bunch of little needle pricks in my leg."

It is unclear what type of shark bit him, but an expert at the University of Florida called Lancaster lucky that he was not more injured.

Photos taken by Macri show Lancaster's leg covered in blood as he walked himself from the water.

St. Johns County officials bandaged the wound.

When he returned home Thursday Lancaster said he did not mind the bite so much now that it is healing.

"Chicks dig scars," he said.

"I've been getting tons of text messages and phone calls, all very supportive," he added. "I couldn't even sleep last night, I had so many calls."

He gets to sleep in his own bed tonight.

Doctors released him from the hospital after operating on his leg.

He said he'll probably be better in a month or so, when he plans on going surfing again.

"We're Florida boys, water is what we know," he said. "It's part of Florida, we are surrounded by water so you might as well get used to it."
 

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