Fisherman's arm bitten as he tries to return 8-foot shark to sea
BY Larry Mcshane
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sunday, July 4th 2010, 4:00 AM
Fisherman Frank Joseph is rushed to a helicopter after having his arm bitten by an 8-foot blue shark.
An 8-foot blue shark, hooked by a weekend fisherman, chomped the man's arm Saturday afternoon as he released the beast back into the Atlantic Ocean.
Frank Joseph, 20, was helicoptered to Stony Brook University Medical Center after the 12:33 p.m. shark biting, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Antonio Capoccetta.
Joseph, his uncle and a third man were in the Atlantic about 25 miles south of Shinnecock Inlet when he snagged the blue shark.
As he tried to remove the hook from the shark's mouth, it turned and snapped at the bottom of his right bicep, Capoccetta said.
The other two men aboard the 25-foot craft used a sweatshirt to stanch the bleeding and called for help as the shark swam off into the ocean.
Joseph, feeling dizzy and lightheaded, was loaded into a Coast Guard ship and rushed to shore, where the chopper was waiting for the injured man.
The boat left from Fire Island shortly before the incident.
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