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Coast Guard rescues fisherman bitten by shark near Bimini

Great White Shark. (lindsay_imagery/iStock.com/Released)

A 51-year-old Florida man was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard Monday after a shark bit him near Bimini, Bahamas, according to the Coast Guard.

The man was fishing at around 12:50 p.m. on a boat when the shark attacked his arm.

Bystanders on the boat were able to tie a tourniquet on the man’s arm, preventing further blood loss.

A Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter arrived to transport the man to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for emergency medical attention. He is now in stable condition.

“This was the best possible outcome to a truly terrifying situation,” said Sean Connett, command duty officer at Coast Guard District Seven. “This individual was fortunate a fellow crew member was able to render aid prior to the Coast Guard’s arrival which, allowed for a quick extraction from the vessel.”

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