Ohio Tourist Bitten While Swimming In Atlantic Ocean

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) - A shark bit an Ohio swim coach on the arm Monday in the Atlantic Ocean.

Matthew May, 29, of Coldwater in western Ohio, was in town with a group of children for a swimming tournament at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

He was bitten twice on his left arm, and said the animal let go when he hit it. Doctors at North Ridge Medical Center, where May received 11 stitches, said the bite appeared to come from a shark.

"I thought at first it was probably a jellyfish," May said at a news conference, wearing a large bandage on his left arm above the elbow. "Then I saw there was blood in the water and blood running down my arm."

George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, said it was the fifth Florida shark attack this year.

He told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the incident was typical of Florida shark attacks -- a quick bite, a release and an injury that was not life-threatening.

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