Man bitten by shark off Indian Harbour Beach while surfing

44-year-old suffers injury to hand

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INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla. - A surfer was bitten by a shark Sunday afternoon while paddling off Indian Harbour Beach, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.

Officials said they were called to Ocean Dunes Drive and State Road A1A just before 1 p.m. and found a man in his mid-40s with a shark bite to his left hand.

The 44-year-old man, whose name was not released, was seen bleeding profusely as he made it back to shore, according at least one witness visiting Bicentennial Park at Ocean Dunes Drive in the beachside town.

Brevard County Fire Rescue paramedics and Ocean Rescue lifeguards helped the man with the injury before he was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center for further medical treatment.

"He was surfing and said he was not too far from the shore," said Cpl. John Knudsen of the Indian Harbour Police Department. "(The shark) took a piece out of his hand. It grabbed hold of his left hand. He'll need stitches but he will be OK."

The man told witnesses that the shark appeared to be about 2 feet long.

There were about 70 people along the beach at the time and shortly after the man was placed into a Brevard County Fire Rescue ambulance, a dozen or so surfers returned to the waves.

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