Georgia woman bitten on thigh by shark in shallow waters off New Smyrna Beach

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Photos for Headline Surfer / Melanie Lawson is shown on the beach after her shark bite in New Smyrna on Wednesday. Also shown ate the Volusia County beach cams for Daytona and New Smyrna on Sunday night.
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — A 51-year-old Georgia woman is recovering back home after she was bitten in the thigh by a shark on Wednesday as she swam in about 3-foot-deep water.

Melanie Lawson told Orlando television station WESH she had instructed her children not to go deeper than 3 feet as they swam off New Smyrna Beach on Wednesday. She herself then joined them when she  felt something hit her, knocking her over in the water. And then came searing pain in her thigh.

Lawson, who didn’t get a good look at the shark, was bitten shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday just north of the Flagler Avenue beach ramp, Capt. Tammy Marris said. Lawson, who lives in Marietta north of Atlanta, was taken to a hospital for treatment and released. She and her family headed home on Thursday. 

Marris said Lawson is the second shark bite victim reported this year.

Lawson, who didn’t get a good look at the shark, was bitten shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday just north of the Flagler Avenue beach ramp, Capt. Tammy Marris said. Lawson, who lives in Marietta north of Atlanta, was taken to a hospital for treatment and released. She and her family headed home on Thursday. 

Marris said Lawson is the second shark bite victim reported this year.

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.