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President Kennedy Warned After Shark Catch

Dec. 29, 1962 - President Kennedy went swimming in Atlantic waters today — and hustled back aboard his yacht as a sports fisherman reported catching two sharks less than half a mile away. The radio operator aboard the President’s motor cruiser, Honey Fitz, heard the marine radio message about the shark catch. The President and two swimming companions — Peter Lawford and Mrs. Kennedy’s sister, Lee Radziwill — got out of the water immediately. The two sharks hooked within sight of the Honey Fitz were 5 to 6 feet long and of a species known as brown shark, or sandbar shark (pictured). Although less dangerous than the dreaded tiger shark, they reportedly have attacked humans.


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