A 30-year-old man was injured in the right foot and ankle when he was attacked by a shark while surfing in Atlantic waters off Cocoa Beach, Florida, the media reported Wednesday.
Bobby Baughman, an area resident, was injured by a five-foot-long shark and transported to the Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, where he was scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair the damage, including injuries to tendons.
"I'm not going to forget that, that's for sure," Baughman said Tuesday night. "But there's nothing I could have done to keep that from happening."
In television images broadcast on Wednesday, the deep cut on the sole of Baughman's foot can be seen, and he is also seen joking about the attack and commenting that a single attack by a shark in his more than 20 years of surfing is not a bad average.
He said that he had to hit the shark to get it to release his foot but that the experience will not deter him from practicing his favorite sport.
In 2012, at least seven people died worldwide in shark attacks, according to a report prepared from the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File.
The data indicate that 53 of the 118 shark attacks registered around the world occurred in the United States, with Florida alone accounting for 26 incidents. EFE