By Thom Marshall, Houston Chronicle Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jul. 29--Shark attacks and bacterial infections had no noticeable effect on the number of visitors drawn to area beaches Wednesday, say several people who work on the coast.
"People are swimming," said Peter Davis, assistant director of the Galveston Beach Patrol.
Two people were bitten by sharks this week, one Sunday off Bryan Beach in Brazoria County and one Tuesday along Galveston's seawall. And a species of the vibrio bacteria has killed three people in Texas this year and sickened 20, including a Houston man who lost both legs to the infection and was in critical condition Wednesday at a Victoria hospital.
Tuesday's victim, Ericka Hailey, underwent three hours of surgery Wednesday to repair damage from a shark bite that tore open the top of her right foot and severed the tendon that controls movement of her big toe.