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Coast Guard medevacs shark attack victim southeast of Grand Isle

Coast Guard medevacs shark attack victim from fishing vessel 35 miles off Grand Isle, Louisiana
Posted at 2:58 PM, Sep 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-03 15:58:21-04

A 64-year-old man was rescued by the Coast Guard early Friday after a reported shark attack southeast of Grand Isle.

The Coast Guard was notified shortly before 1 a.m. from personnel aboard a fishing vessel stating a male crew member had been attacked by a shark and sustained a severe leg injury.

The man had reportedly been untangling fishing nets from the vessel's propeller when he fell overboard and was bitten by a shark of an unknown size and species. Other crew members applied a tourniquet to the man's partially amputated leg and radioed for help.

Coast Guard watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac. A Coast Guard helicopter crew launched to the scene, and upon arrival a rescue swimmer administered first aid and applied a new tourniquet to the man's leg.

The crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to University Medical Center New Orleans in critical condition.


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