Shark bites on Amelia Island – Double Red Flags

Fernandina Beach Fire/Rescue Department
Ty Silcox, Fire Chief
Press Release
July 13, 2018 7:08 p.m.

At approximately 15:35 on July 13th, 2018, Fernandina Beach Fire Department: Division of Ocean Rescue personnel reported an alleged shark bite incident at 2002 S Fletcher Ave/Beach Access #20/Seaside Park. Fernandina Beach Fire Department personnel were dispatched at 15:36 and were on scene within three minutes.

While on scene, at 15:38, report of an additional alleged shark bite incident was received at 3199 S Fletcher Avenue/Beach Access #31. Fernandina Beach Fire Department personnel were dispatched at 15:40 and on scene within five minutes.

Both patients are reportedly stable, with non-life-threatening injuries. Neither patient could advise what type or size of marine life had caused their respective injuries.

The Division of Ocean Rescue is continuing to monitor beaches for any presence of dangerous marine life. Double-red flags are currently being flown at all guarded beaches, and water is closed to the public until further notice.

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