Coast Guard evacuates shark attack victim southeast of Grand Isle



A 64-year-old man was rescued by the coast guard early Friday after a reported shark attack southeast of Grand Isle.

The Coast Guard was informed shortly before 1 a.m. by staff aboard a fishing vessel that a male crew member had been attacked by a shark and sustained serious injuries to his leg.

The man allegedly untangled fishing nets from the ship’s propeller when he fell overboard and was bitten by a shark of unknown size and species. Other crew members applied a tourniquet to the man’s partially amputated leg and radioed for assistance.

Coast Guard guards consulted with the flight surgeon on duty, who recommended a medevac. A Coast Guard helicopter crew attended the scene and upon arrival, a lifeguard swimmer administered first aid and applied a new tourniquet to the man’s leg.

The crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to New Orleans University Medical Center in critical condition.


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