Local NewsFlorida fisherman critically injured in shark attack near Jacksonville

Florida fisherman critically injured in shark attack near Jacksonville

The man was immediately transported to the hospital.
The man was immediately transported to the hospital.
Images source: © X | Nassau County SO

3:21 PM EDT, June 29, 2024

A man was fishing on the east coast of Florida when a shark attacked him. The shark bit him on the forearm, causing the fisherman to lose a lot of blood and barely survive the predator's attack. A helicopter took the man to the hospital, where he is fighting for his life. His condition is listed as critical.

The man was fishing on Friday near the port of Fernandina, north of Jacksonville, Florida. The attack occurred around 11 AM local time. According to Nassau County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Alicia Tarancon, officers from the marine police unit found the 40-year-old in a very serious condition.

The shark bit him on the forearm, which caused the man to lose a significant amount of blood.

The deputy sheriff acted very quickly, boarded the boat, and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The deputy then sailed the boat to the Dee Dee Bartels ramp, where the fire department was waiting, according to social media posts from the Nassau County Sheriff's Office.

The man was transported by helicopter to a local hospital. His condition is listed as critical, but doctors believe he will recover.

Sharks off the coast. Are attacks on people becoming more frequent?

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the highest shark activity is recorded from April to October.

Shark bites are still very rare. People are 30 times more likely to be struck by lightning in Florida than to be bitten by a shark, according to the agency.

Experts believe that the number of shark attacks is increasing because the number of tourists is also increasing. According to the agency, less than 1% of shark attacks are fatal.

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