POSTED: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 8:21am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm
The phone at Surf Central started ringing right after four Wednesday.
Friend after friend told Teague Taylor news he couldn't believe.
"I just can't picture anyone, let alone a friend being circled by sharks here in Stuart, Florida," says Taylor, a longtime friend of Stephen Schafer's. "Doing something that he loves to do, doing something that he's done most of his life."
The 38-year old had been kite-boarding just south of Stuart Beach Wednesday afternoon.
According to Martin County Fire Rescue, a lifeguard spotted Schafer through his binoculars.
Schafer was about a quarter mile offshore, in the water and in trouble.
The lifeguard swam out on his rescue board and Schafer told him he'd been bitten by a shark.
The lifeguard paddled him back to shore.
Schafer died at Martin Memorial Medical Center.
Taylor met Schafer when the two were just teens.
Schafer taught him how to surf and they'd both spend all their spare time in the water.
Taylor bumped into his friend less than 24 hours before his death. They'd both been out surfing.
"Just a good guy," says Taylor, tears running down his face. "You'd want to buy him a beer. One of the nicest guys I've ever met."