A Sheriff Deputy made one quick decision that saved this Florida man from a shark attack death

Jul 8, 2024

There were 83 shark attack bites last year in the United States.

Sixteen of them occurred in the state of Florida.

And a Sheriff Deputy made one quick decision that saved this Florida man from a shark attack death.

Studies show more than 180 million Americans take at least one trip to the beach each year.

Millions of these Americans will choose one of the many beaches in Florida to visit this summer.

Almost all of them will at least think about the possibility of a shark attack during their time at the beach.

Of course, shark attacks are rare considering the millions of people who swim in the ocean each year.

In 2023, there were 16 unprovoked shark bite incidents reported in Florida.

But shark activity increases in Florida between April and October.

“Yet shark bites still remain very rare,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. “Humans are 30 times more likely to be struck by lightning in Florida than to be bitten by a shark,” FFWC continued. “Experts agree that the increase in the number of shark bites in recent years is more related to an increase in human visitors than to an increase in shark populations or activity.”

Less than 1 percent of shark bites in Florida are fatal.

“Experts believe that most shark bites are cases of mistaken identity, which explains why nearly all shark bites that occur in Florida waters are of a bite-and-release nature,” FFWC said.

But that does not make a shark attack any less terrifying.

On Friday, a marine patrol received an emergency call from a boater on the Amelia River.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the man caught a shark while fishing on the river.

But the shark bit the man once it was reeled into the boat.

The shark bit the man’s forearm, and it was bleeding profusely when police arrived on the scene.

“When they got to the boat, it was an adult male that had a severe shark bite to his forearm,” Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said. “He lost a lot of blood.”

An officer acted and created a tourniquet for the man to stop the bleeding.

“Acting swiftly, a deputy boarded the vessel and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding,” the sheriff’s office said. “The deputy then piloted the boat to the Dee Dee Bartels boat ramp, where Fernandina Beach Fire Rescue was waiting.”

The man was airlifted to a local hospital where he is in critical condition but is expected to make a full recovery.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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