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Re: 06/30/2022 - Female - Florida

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 10:21 pm
by alb
Girl seriously injured in shark attack at Florida beach

A girl suffered serious injuries Thursday when she was attacked by a shark at a beach in Florida, authorities said, continuing a frightening trend in the state that accounts for nearly 40% of unprovoked shark bites worldwide. Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Padgett told CBS affiliate WCTV that the girl had surgery Thursday, and is expected to survive.

The attack happened at Keaton Beach in northwestern Florida. The girl was scalloping in water approximately 5 feet deep near Grassy Island, just of Keaton Beach, when she was bitten by the shark, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

One of the girl's family members reportedly jumped in the water and beat the shark off of her until she was free, officials said.

The girl was flown to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to receive treatment for those injuries, the sheriff's office said.

"It's a tragedy, what's happened," Sheriff Padgett told WCTV.

Officials said it was undetermined what kind of shark attacked the girl, but witnesses described it as approximately nine feet long.

"Boaters and swimmers are cautioned to be alert, vigilant and practice shark safety," the sheriff's office said. "Some rules to follow are: never swim alone, do not enter the water near fishermen, avoid areas such as sandbars (where sharks like to congregate), do not swim near large schools of fish and avoid erratic movements while in the water."

Shark attacks increased around the world in 2021 following three consecutive years of decline, according to a report released in January. The U.S. once again reported the most attacks, and Florida accounted for nearly 40% of unprovoked bites worldwide.

Florida has led the U.S. and the rest of the world in unprovoked shark bites for decades, and the trend continued in 2021, researchers said. Florida had 28 unprovoked bites last year, compared to 19 in the rest of the U.S. and 26 total outside the U.S. Florida's 28 cases represented 60% of the U.S. total and 38% of unprovoked bites worldwide.

https://www.cbsnews.com

Re: 06/30/2022 - Female - Florida

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:49 pm
by alb
Teen girl airlifted to TMH with 'serious injuries' after shark attack in Taylor County
"A family member reportedly jumped in the water and beat the shark until the juvenile was free," TCSO reported

Teen girl airlifted to TMH with 'serious injuries' after shark attack in Taylor County
"A family member reportedly jumped in the water and beat the shark until the juvenile was free," TCSO reported

A teenage girl was seriously injured in a shark attack at Keaton Beach around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, according to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office.

She was airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and was in surgery around 6 p.m., said TCSO spokesperson Gina Deeson.

The girl was scalloping with her family near Grassy Island, just off Keaton Beach, in water approximately 5 feet deep, a TCSO incident summary stated.

"A family member reportedly jumped in the water and beat the shark until the juvenile was free," the summary read.

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The biological species of the shark remains unknown, but it was described as being approximately nine feet long.

"Swimmers and scallopers are cautioned to be alert, vigilant, and practice shark safety," the incident summary added. "Some rules to follow are: never swim alone, do not enter the water near fishermen, avoid areas such as sandbars (where sharks like to congregate), do not swim near large schools of fish, and avoid erratic movements while in the water."



https://www.tallahassee.com/

06/30/2022 - Addison Bethea - Florida - Keaton Beach

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:46 pm
by alb
Shark attack reported in Taylor County, girl suffered serious injuries

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office says a girl suffered serious injuries when a shark attacked her at Keaton Beach Thursday afternoon.

One of the girl’s family members reportedly jumped in the water and beat the shark off of her until she was free, the press release says.

According to TCSO, the girl was taken to the shore, where Taylor County firefighters and EMS were posted. Deputies say the girl was then flown to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to receive treatment for those injuries.

The family told deputies they were scalloping near Grassy Island in 5-feet deep water when a shark that was about 9 feet long bit the girl.

“Boaters and swimmers are cautioned to be alert, vigilant and practice shark safety,” the press release says. “Some rules to follow are: never swim alone, do not enter the water near fishermen, avoid areas such as sandbars (where sharks like to congregate), do not swim near large schools of fish and avoid erratic movements while in the water.”

TCSO says it’s unknown at this point what type of shark it was.


https://www.wctv.tv