Swimmer injured in shark attack in Miami

A south Florida man was bitten by a shark while exiting the water at Haulover Beach in Miami.

As people were getting out of the water, a man was bitten on the legs by what appeared to be a 4- to 5-foot bull shark, Benitez said.

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Beachgoers had been warned by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Ocean Rescue lifeguards that a bull shark was lurking in the water near the shore.

"Immediately, the lifeguards alerted people in the water by blowing their whistles, and gesturing for everyone to get out of the water".

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The patient was transported by ground to nearby Aventura Hospital and treated for what officials called non-life-threatening injuries.

Donovan Cecil, a witness to the attack, told WPLG that it "went straight toward" the man as he was trying to get out of the water and bit him.

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Lt. Felipe Lay of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says the unidentified man was swimming Sunday afternoon off Haulover Beach when he was attacked. "We started closing down the beach and actually bringing everybody into shore, flying double red flags in our tower", Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told WSVN. Shark sightings have been on the increase in recent months, but actual attacks have been decreasing since 2016 compared to previous years, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File.


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