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08/21/2019 - Christian Mariani - Florida

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:03 pm
by alb
Fort Lauderdale shark attack Florida shark attack Ritz-Carlton shark attack.

Wednesday morning, an 11-year-old Canadian boy escaped with minor injuries in an apparent shark attack while vacationing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to reports.

Christian Mariani was apparently knee-deep in the water at a beach when he was bitten on his right foot.

At least one lifeguard rushed over to treat the boy after hearing a loud scream from the ocean, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan told media.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m., according to The South Florida Sun Sentinel and The Miami Herald. The boy had been staying with his family at The Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, located across from the beach.

Mariani suffered a puncture wound to his foot, but was in stable condition when he was transported to a local hospital. Mariani's injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening, Gollan said early on Wednesday.

The boy was reportedly discharged from Broward Health Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon.