Shark Bites Woman In Fernandina Beach
Police: Victim Wading Waist-Deep Water
POSTED: 4:42 pm EDT June 20, 2008
UPDATED: 5:13 pm EDT June 20, 2008
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- A shark bit a woman wading in waist deep ocean water off the coast of Fernandina Beach late Friday morning.
The victim, of Birmingham, Ala., was near beach access No. 39 at about 11:10 a.m. when the attack took place, police said.
The shark bite left the woman with severe lacerations to both sides of her lower right calf, according to Fernandina Beach police.
Ocean bathers in the area initially treated the victim until a Fernandina Beach Fire Rescue lifeguard arrived and performed emergency treatment until the arrival of paramedics who performed advanced life support.
The bite victim was flown via air ambulance to Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center, according to acting Fire Chief Jeffrey Bunch.
Police said all precautions have been taken to alert beach goers of the potential dangers in the water and lifeguards will monitor the ocean waters throughout the weekend.
The State of Florida Flag Warning System is in place and “dangerous conditions” and “dangerous marine life” flags have been placed at all guarded areas.
Although warned of the potential danger evidenced by the shark bite incident, the beach has not been closed and swimming is still being permitted at city beaches, police said.