Bobby Clark in the Eueka, California Times Standard 6 Jul 1975
Shark hits youth off Florida coast :MELBOURNE, .ria. (UPD Sixteen-year-old Sixteen-year-old Robert Clark . was-, spending the Fourth of July holiday surfing off Indiat- lantic,-. --beach when he felt something grab his fool. "I never'saw the shark." said Clark, son of an employe of the National Aeronautics arid Space Administration, "but one of my friends said he saw its fin." The predator, described by one witness as about six feet long, severed nine tendons in Clark's right foot. "I was on my surf board, only 50 feet from shore, when .romething 'grabbed my foot. I was pretty sure it was a shark," .Clark'said from his hospital bed Saturday. '"But I wasn't frightened then .and I concentrated on staying on the surf board and letting the waves carry me in," he said. Clark is unsure whether thc shark let go of his foot, or whether the force of the surf broke him free of its grasp. As he reached the water's edge, other surfers came to his aid. A fire rescue squad raced to the scene and'gave him first aid. then he was taken to the Melbourne hospital. I surf all the time, occasionally at Indiallantic, but I've never had any trouble with sharks before, and I hope I never do again," . said the youth, who will be a senior 'all at Cocoa, Fla., High School. "I'm still sort of frightened," he admitted, "but I think I'll back in the ocean surfing again as soon as I'm able." Clark was the first person attacked by a shark in Brevard County in 41 years, authorities said. Ln 1934, an 11-year-old boy was killed by a shark at almost the same spot where Friday afternoon's attack ocurred. Five weks ago; thc County Recreation Department issued a shark alert and closed that beach when a school of 200 to 100 sharks was spotted feeding on small fish close inshore along a 15 mile strip of beach between Indiatlantic afld Sebastian, Sebastian, lo the south. But no such alert was in effect on Friday although one was issued after the attack on Clark. However, the beach remained open Saturday and it was in use by holiday swimmers. swimmers. FBI 'copter crashes; Pine Rklge closed off OGLALA. S.D. (UPI) - The FBI closed the troubled Pine Ridge Reservation to all but essential traffic Saturday while the Federal Aviation Administration Administration investigated the crash of a .FBI-leased helicopter. The helicopter made a crash landing with four persons aboard Friday evening into a hillside not too far from a small house where two FBI agents and an Indian man were killed in a Shootout a week ago Thursday. No one was injured in the crash. Â· FBI spokesman Clay 'Brady said -the FAA nau not had enough time by Saturday evening to determine the cause of the crash. The FBI gave newsmen little information on the crash of the helicopter, one of two helicopters helicopters and a light aircraft being used in the search of the reservation.- Officials would neither confirm confirm or deny that the aircrafl drew groundfire before il crasned. Pine Ridge residents reported several carloads of agents sped out of town at time of the crash. In a related development, the United Sioux Tribes requested meeting with several state and federal officials to discuss thc violence on. Indian reservations in South Dakota. Suiisan Ford marks 18th birthday WASHINGTON (UPI) -spending' -spending' to an invitation Re- Susan's date, Bryan McCart ir. verse, some 75 young men and women danced on the White House 'lawn, drank beer and munched ihot dogs Saturday to help Susan Ford celebrate her 18th birthday. Although Susan's bir'hday'is actually Sunday, ihcr mother decided the., party should be held Saturday for CO' 'nience. But the poetic invitation made ho note of that fact. "On July 5, I'm re'iably told, "I'll finally be (sigh) 18 years old. . . . . "So starting at three and going til six, "I'm having a party I hope you won't nix." Nix they did not. ney. flew in from Vail, Colo. -a Ford family vacation spot -along -along with the Reu-n-Hulson country rock- band, which invited to play for the ;arty. -"The -place is the Whit House, an address auspicious. "Just smile at the-guards don't act suspicious. "Come straight lo the south grounds and be at your ease. "Sun dresses and sport shirts hang loose if you please." Susan 'herscjf wore a sui dress, a green and white rustii print, and thick-solid rei leather shoes. McCartney won a pair of rather rumpled yellow trousers and a blue button-dowi shirt.