TALLAHASSEE, FL - Beaches reopened today with extra lifeguards along a stretch of the Florida Panhandle coast where a shark killed a 14-year-old girl. Coastal residents reported seeing at least one shark hunting fish close to shore.
Jamie Marie Daigle of Gonzales, Louisiana was swimming on a boogie board with her friend Felicia Venable at least 100 yards from shore when she was attacked yesterday in the Gulf of Mexico at Destin. Jamie was vacationing with friends while the rest of her family was home.
Surfer Tim Dicus hauled her onto his board and headed for shore with the shark trailing them. Venable swam to shore. He says Daigle was in an area not protected by sandbars or lifeguards.
A memorial display was set up where Daigle was brought ashore. A
boogie board, a magnolia and painted sand dollars were placed under
a green tent. Someone had written "Bless U" in the sand. An autopsy was planned for tomorrow.
After the attack a 20-mile stretch of shore was closed to swimmers. Beaches reopened today with a double staff of sheriff's beach patrol officers. Residents of a condominium complex next to the beach where the girl was attacked said they spotted a shark that looked about 6
feet long this morning.