Woman, girl hospitalized following separate shark attacks

VERO BEACH, CA (AP) - Officials say an 11-year-old girl and a 50-year-old woman have been taken to hospitals after they were bitten by sharks at separate locations in Florida.

Multiple news agencies report the first attack took place Saturday afternoon when the girl was swimming at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Family members tell news outlets that the girl was bitten on her back, arm and hand.

She has been hospitalized and will need surgery.

The second attack took place Sunday afternoon in Vero Beach, about 200 miles south of the first incident. The woman told officials that a shark bit her in the leg and then released her. She was swimming about 100 yards off the beach when she was bitten.

She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.