Bahamas fisherman bitten by shark transported by Coast Guard helicopter
A man in a fishing boat off Miami and near the Bahamas was airlifted by the US Coast Guard on Monday, February 21, in a dramatic rescue after the man was allegedly bitten by a shark while he was fishing.
The 51-year-old, whose name has not yet been released to the press, was fishing with a crew near the Bahamas when the shark bite happened, which left him and his crew bleeding rushed in, tightening a tourniquet around his arm before calling the Coast Guard for help, the New York Post reported.
The US Coast Guard responded quickly, dispatching a helicopter to the scene in an effort to extract the man from the boat and get him quickly to hospital. The rescue involved them placing the man inside a cage bed before lifting him up as the helicopter tried to keep pace with the boat, according to the Guardian.
The US Coast Guard crew took the man to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is believed to be in stable condition. The man was allegedly bitten by the shark while fishing inside the boat.
In a press statement, Coast Guard District Seven Command Duty Officer Sean Connett praised the crew of the fishing boat for their quick actions that helped save the 51-year-old from his injuries and gave him the best chance of survival.
“It was the best possible result in a truly terrifying situation,” he said. “This individual was fortunate that another crew member was able to assist before the Coast Guard arrived, which allowed for a quick extraction from the vessel.”
Shark attacks are weak and very rare. More people are killed by household appliances than by shark attacks. The International Shark Attack File distinguishes between provoked and unprovoked bites and informs the public that sharks use bites as a tool for exploration.