Near-tragedy in the Bahamas, where an 8-year-old English boy was at risk of dying after being attacked by three sharks
Published on: 08-09-2022 16:30
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Summer holidays in the Bahamas marked by terror for an 8-year-old British boy attacked by three sharks while swimming. Despite the serious injuries, the little one survived. “He could have died, it looked like a movie scene,” his father said.
Vacation in the Bahamas
The British tabloid reported on the horrific attack. The child who faced death had traveled from BritainCoral Archipelago of the Bahamas to spend a few relaxing days with the family.
The idea was to make one Round trip through five Caribbean islands Availing of a tour package that included a guided swim alongside human-friendly iguanas, pigs and nurse sharks.
Photo source: 123RFSeveral islands in the Bahamas photographed from above
The attack took place in the lagoon of Compass Cay. According to reports from the tour operator of the holiday, the English family had visited an area not included in the program without a guide.
The Shark Attack on the Child
While the 8-year-old was swimming, it was surrounded by three nurse sharkswhich at that time were fed by the masses of vacationers with leftovers thrown into the water.
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A kayaker said he was attacked by a bull shark over 3 meters long while at sea between Ginosa Marina and Castellaneta Marina
Suddenly they started biting his legs. Luckily he was rescued before it was too late.
There he pulled him out of the water older sister. When recounting these dramatic moments, the father said it was the first time he had heard a horrified scream and then to have seen much blood.
The rescue and the rush to the hospital
After the rescue, the child was transported immediately in a clinic in the capital Nassauwhere he underwent urgent surgery.
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Because of the deep cuts in his legs, he would have been under the knife for about three hours. The little victim that was attacked by the sharks was then dumped in wheelchair.
From what is known, he probably will permanent scars but he doesn’t risk his life.
What you should know about nurse sharks
As mentioned, the nurse sharks They should not pose any danger to humans: defined as “quiet and harmless”, they are one of the main “attractions” of Compass Cay and often tourists are photographed petting them.
However they can attack if disturbed. As harmless as they are, they rank fourth in documented shark bites on humans.
They can reach an average length of 3 meters and weigh up to 140 kg. They have a small mouth but a wide pharynx and feed mainly on shellfish, clams and other invertebrate organisms.
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