Miami Beach area swimmer attacked by shark

Jul 11, 2017, 00:42
Miami Beach area swimmer attacked by shark

"Someone caught the shark and as they were pulling it in, it whipped around and bit him on the arm", Catherine Patton, an eye-witness, told NBC-affiliated WECT6 .

Officials said the shark was 4-to-5 feet.

From there, Miami-Dade Fire Fescue Ocean Rescue lifeguards ordered everyone out of the water.

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Right before the attack, lifeguards at Haulover Beach in Miami immediately began blowing their whistles after spotting the shark in the water, according to Local 10.

Officials say the possible bull shark attack is the first reported at Haulover Beach.

He was helped by lifeguards and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The man, whose name was not released, was exiting the waters when he was bitten in both legs by a shark. Felipe Lay of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told Local10.com.

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue lifeguard Matt Sparling said, "In my 20 years as a lifeguard, this is the first time a person has been bitten here at Haulover Beach, and possibly the first for Miami-Dade County".

"Although these incidents are rare, we still ask beachgoers to always be aware of their surroundings", he said. In the second attempt, the man gets hold of the shark's tail but the animal turns around and bites the man's hand.

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