Man Bitten By Shark Saved By Boat Full Of Nurses Passing By
Sharks are scary. They're huge, powerful creatures who can tear a person in half with one bite. So, it's no big shock that the general consensus is to stay away from them.
However, if on the off chance you do find yourself trying to scramble onto a boat to escape the gaping jaws of Jaws, it's probably a good thing if the boat you're scrambling onto is filled with nurses.
And that's what happened to one spear fisherman while he was diving off the coast of Florida with a group of friends.
According to reports, the 40-year-old was bitten by a shark. Fortunately for the injured diver, one of his friends was able to flag down a passing boat who rushed to the man's aid and allowed him to climb aboard.
And if that wasn't enough, the boat was manned by a group of medical professionals who were able to apply first aid to the man's wound.
Footage captured in a mobile phone by a Hot Shot Charters staff member, shows the blood-soaked man being pulled over the side of the boat.
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According to reports, the captain of the boat called 911 and nurses were able to apply a tourniquet to the man's injured arm and stop the bleeding.
Once the boat arrived back at Bill Baggs, Cape Florida, the man was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida, has been labelled the shark capital of the world.
And experts have now warned people to take care in the waters off the coast of Florida, with three people attacked by sharks over the weekend.
On Saturday, 20-year-old surfer Emily Comfort was bitten on her wrist, while less than an hour later 21-year-old surfer Riley Petrovich was bitten on his right foot.
The next day 51-year-old Peter Bourbeau was also injured by a shark.
Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said most surfers will have almost certainly been within a few feet of a shark at some point.
She said: "If you like to surf and you surf in this particular spot, the chances are high that you have been within 10 feet (three metres) of a shark.
"The surfers all know this. They routinely report seeing sharks in the area. While it may be news to the non-surfing community, it is widely known to scientists and surfers."
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