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UCF student punches shark during attack off Cocoa Beach

Josh Green needs 18 stitches in foot after bites

Local 6: Morning News at 6a
Local 6: Morning News at 6a

COCOA BEACH, Fla. – A University of Central Florida student bitten several times by a shark off Cocoa Beach says he managed to escape further injury by punching the fish.

Josh Green says he was swimming in the ocean on Thursday when a shark bit him several times on his foot.

Green says he punched the shark to get free.

Green needed 18 stitches around his ankle.

Although Green never saw the shark, lifeguards say it was likely a blacktip shark.