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Deputies: Man spearfishing off Anna Maria Island bitten by shark

ANNA MARIA ISLAND — A 21-year-old man spearfishing in the Gulf of Mexico was bitten by what appeared to be a shark Saturday afternoon, the Manatee County Sheriff's office said.

Charles Wickersham, of Longboat Key, was with several other people in a boat about 3 to 6 miles off the coast when the incident occurred at about 3 p.m., deputies said. Deputies said Wickersham was bitten in his left thigh. The injury did not appear to be life-threatening.

He was brought to the Rod and Reel Pier and taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center.

Deputies: Man spearfishing off Anna Maria Island bitten by shark 09/24/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:33pm]

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