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A Treasure Coast beached closed Monday after a shark bit a 22-year-old man

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Pepper Beach in Fort Pierce is closed after a shark bit a man Monday afternoon.

The man's injuries are not life-threatening.

Lifeguards are flying a double red flag indicating it's not safe to swim in the water.

They will consider lowering the flags if there is a period of 30 minutes without a shark sighting.

The shark bit the 22-year-old man on the foot.

A St. Lucie County spokesman said the man was able to swim to shore by himself and wave to lifeguards for help.

He had two deep cuts that required stitches and he was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for treatment.

It’s unclear what type of shark bit him.

The county spokesman said there was a school of mullet that came through the area not long before the bite happened.

Mullet are common bait fish and often attract sharks closer to shore.
 

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