Shark Bites Bobby Clark
Shark hits youth off Florida coast :MELBOURNE, .ria. (UPD 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, 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.