Man in wheelchair, 19, reels in 8-foot shark near St. Augustine

Man in wheelchair, 19, reels in 8-foot shark near St. Augustine

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VILANO BEACH - A wheelchair-bound man with no legs is celebrating after catching an 8-foot, 250-pound shark off the North Florida coast.

The St. Augustine Record reports that Matt Sechrist, a 19-year-old student from Clay County, reeled in the lemon shark while sitting in his wheelchair on Vilano Beach.

A family friend dropped bait off the coast, then Sechrist put the brakes on his wheelchair and strapped on a fighting harness. Friends and family members held the chair in place while Sechrist struggled to catch the shark.

After an hour, the shark tired and Sechrist reeled it in. The group took photos, revived the shark and released it into the ocean.

Sechrist starts college this week to pursue a major in human performance, so he can train other wheelchair-bound athletes.

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