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Shark Bites Woman off Florida's Atlantic Coast, She Suffers Minor Injuries

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Posted at 8:58 AM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 07:19:17-04

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A 51-year-old Georgia woman is recovering after authorities say a shark bit her on the thigh as she swam off of  Florida's Atlantic coast.

Melanie Lawson said she had told her children not to go deeper than three feet as they swam off New Smyrna Beach on Wednesday. She says she felt something hit her, knocking her over in the water, and then felt the pain.

Lawson, who lives in Marietta north of Atlanta, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

She says she'll go back in the ocean again, but added it will probably be a long time.

Lawson says she and her family are heading home Thursday.

Volusia County beach safety spokeswoman Tammy Marris says it's the second shark bite reported this year.