Man Bitten By Shark Near Disney’s Vero Beach
Some scary news from the Florida coast today. According to the WPBF News 25 in Palm Beach, a guest at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort was bitten by a shark on Thursday morning.
The 54-year-old guest was boogie boarding when he was apparently bitten by a shark around 10:20 a.m.
The man was bitten twice on the lower half of his right leg, drawing blood but not threatening his life.
Neither witnesses nor the victim saw the shark, but bystander Ken Orbutz saw the incident. He told Treasure Coast News,
“I saw his face change. And then he started trying to get out of the water as fast as he could.”
Medical staff at the Vero Beach resort were on the scene and treated the man within a minute, witnesses said. They applied a tournequit to control blood loss before Indian River County Fire Rescue transported the man to Sebastian River Medical Center. He was later transferred to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Jason Moore, trauma surgeon at the hospital, said the resort staff did exactly as needed.
According to the doctor, the first priority after a shark bite is to stop bleeding. Bystanders should try to keep the victim as calm as possible and put as much pressure on the wound to control bleeding.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is located on the Atlantic coast about 2 hours southeast of Orlando.
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