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Shark bites Florida man swimming near fishing line

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Posted at 9:17 AM, Jun 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-18 09:17:50-04

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a shark bit a Florida man who was swimming near a fishing line 40 yards from the shore.

The South Walton Fire District says the man had visible wounds to the upper body and chest area and was taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to recover.

The fire department says the shark was apparently heading for the fishing line Thursday off Santa Rosa Beach and possibly mistook the man for bait.

The fire district flew double red flags to warn other swimmers in the area following the attack.