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William Lachmund - Class Of 1965 VIEW PROFILE

From: Eileen Shalloway

I was saddened to learn from the website of the Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County that Bill Lachmund died in Nov. 1996 at age 49. I met Bill at Palm Beach Junior College.

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04/19/10 06:54 PM #1    

William L Otterson (1965)


I used to hitch a ride with William to PBJC in his Sunbeam Alpine.

I remember when he was attacked by a shark while surfing.  The teacher had him tell us about it in class.  He said he felt something tug on his hand.  He pulled it out of the water and a large shark was attached to the side of his hand between his wrist and little finger.  It was a large shark with only the tip of his jaws hanging onto his hand.  The shark let go and chomped again taking off a piece of his hand.  He paddled to shore and started to go into shock on the beach.

Here's the info from a site that keeps track of shark attacks: 

Apr 4th 1965

Usa - Florida - Juno Beach, Palm Beach County

Shark: Blacktip or spinner shark

Victim: William F. Lachmund
Age/sex: 17 M
Activity: Paddling on surfboard

Injury: Left hand punctured & lacerated

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