WATCH: Coast Guard Rescues Man After Shark Attacks, Partially Amputates His Leg

by Madison Miller

One man was extremely lucky to have the Coast Guard show up right in the nick of time after a terrifying shark incident.

A 64-year-old man was off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana on his fishing boat. He was onboard trying to untangle some fishing nets stuck on the propeller. Suddenly, he lost his balance and fell overboard.

Unfortunately, waiting in the dark waters was a shark of some kind, which bit him in the leg while he was in the water. According to KHOU 11, the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the inside, which occurred early in the morning. The crew dragged him onto the boat and was able to apply first aid to the man. This included securing a tourniquet on his leg, which was now partially amputated.

The man is now at the University Medical Center New Orleans in critical condition.

In the released video, you can see as someone gets lowered onto the fishing boat. He then picks up the man and carried him onto the helicopter to get medical attention. It appears that the man wasn’t alone on the fishing boat when this all occurred and someone was able to make it back on board the boat after the bite.

The man is lucky to be alive but is still fighting for his life in the hospital.

There are several sharks found in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 36 types, to be exact. There are 14 types of sharks that anglers can keep when captured. The others must be released back into the water. Unless you’re extremely familiar with shark species, it’s best to just capture and release.

Australian Shark Attack

Another recent shark attack did not end in a successful recovery, unfortunately.

According to Insider, the young surfer was in his 20s and 30s and has not been publically identified. He was enjoying surfing in New South Wales this past Sunday. It was on Australia’s Father’s Day, which means the beach was pretty crowded at the time. He was on Emerald Beach near Coffs Harbour.

During the attack, the man lost an arm and had several massive cuts on his back. Fellow surfers and bystanders tried to help the man by doing CPR as they waited for paramedics to arrive. Sadly, the man did not survive the gruesome attack, despite all the best efforts of medical professionals and bystanders.

Prior to this attack, the last fatal shark attack in Australia was back in May.

As it turns out, 2020 was a pretty deadly year for shark attacks. It was the most deaths since 2013. Sharks killed 10 people around the world — six were in Australia and three were in the U.S. According to USA Today, there were fewer nonfatal attacks in 2020. There were 57, which is far from the average of 80.

Humans, however, kill close to 100 million sharks and rays each year.