Sharks Kill Florida Kiteboarder

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STUART, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a deadly shark attack off South Florida’s Atlantic coast Wednesday.

Stephen Schafer had been kiteboarding about 100 miles north of Miami, when a lifeguard spotted him in distress about 500 yards off the beach. Paddling out on a surfboard to help, the lifeguard found the 38-year-old bleeding and surrounded by several sharks.

Once back on shore, Schafer was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later.

Despite the incident, beaches in the area remain open today.

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