Miami Beach area swimmer attacked by shark

11 July, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • Shark bites man swimming off Haulover Beach

"It started getting closer to the people at the sandbar and they tried to get out", witness Donovan Cecil told Local 10 News.

"In the process of exiting the water, a beachgoer was bitten in the lower extremities by what appeared to be a four- to five-foot bull shark", said Erika Benitez, spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

WPLG-TV reports that Lt. Felipe Lay of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says the unidentified man was swimming Sunday afternoon off Haulover Beach when he was attacked.

Footage shows two men trying to pull the small tiger shark that was hooked on a fishing line towards the shore near Johnnie Mercer's pier in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on June 29.

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The patient was transported by ground to nearby Aventura Hospital and treated for what officials called non-life-threatening injuries.

The swimmer was treated by lifeguards for bites to both his legs.

Officials said the shark attack is the first reported at Haulover Beach. In the second attempt, the man gets hold of the shark's tail but the animal turns around and bites the man's hand.

"When you've got large numbers of sharks, the prey they feed on [seals] and people in the water, the potential of an interaction is there", Skomal said.

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