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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 August 2007, 00:37 GMT 01:37 UK
Florida student mauled by shark
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A US college student has been bitten by a shark in Florida, leaving her needing more than 100 stitches to 17 wounds.

Andrea Lynch, 20, told how she was attacked as she floated in the sea during a boat trip off Sarasota Bay.

Doctors said the shark's teeth got close to her lungs during the attack, on Wednesday night, but missed all major organs.

Ms Lynch said local shark experts told her the animal that bit her was likely to be a 6ft (2m) bull shark.

"I got on the boat and my friend was like, 'Do I need to call 911?'", she told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper.

"I reached back with my hand and felt all these gashes on me, and there was blood running down my body and pooling in the boat," she added.

The newspaper reported that it was only the seventh reported unprovoked shark bite in Sarasota County since 1882 - but the second one this year.


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