- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2005

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A teenage boy was bitten and critically injured yesterday in the second shark attack in three days along the Florida Panhandle.

The boy, whose name and age were not released, was taken to Bay Medical Center in Panama City. The nature of his injuries was not released, but he underwent surgery and his condition had stabilized, hospital spokeswoman Christa Hild said.

“That means he’s going to be OK,” she said.

The boy was attacked off Cape San Blas, a popular vacation destination about 80 miles southeast of the Destin area, where 14-year-old Jamie Marie Daigle of Gonzales, La., was killed by a shark on Saturday.

Jamie had been swimming on a boogie board with a friend about 100 yards from shore when a shark tore away the flesh on one leg from her hip to her knee.

Erich Ritter of the Shark Attack Institute said the girl probably was attacked by a 6-foot bull shark, based on measurements of the bite wound. He said it was unlikely the same shark was responsible for yesterday’s attack.

After Saturday’s attack, a 20-mile stretch of shore was closed to swimmers, but beaches reopened Sunday with a double staff of sheriff’s beach patrol officers. Yesterday, off-duty deputies were called in to beef up beach patrols and watch for sharks from the air and the water.

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