JENSEN BEACH FLORIDA – A shark bit the hand of 50-year-old man

A shark bit the hand of 50-year-old man, causing a minor injury.

Lifeguards responded at 1:05 p.m. Thursday to a swimmer they perceived as in distress toward the south end of the beach, and when they helped him to shore they learned a shark had bit his hand, Martin County Fire Rescue officials said.

The man was taken to Martin Memorial Medical Center.

No other information was available Sunday.

This is the seventh reported shark bite on Treasure Coast beaches since January 2012. Five have occurred in Martin County and one in Indian River County.

Florida recorded 26 shark bites in 2012, almost half of the nation’s 53 last year, the most the country has had in one year since 2000, according to a recent University of Florida study.

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