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Shark bites man in arm off Siesta Key and he walks home bleeding, reports say

A woman who called authorities for help was given instructions on how to stop the bleeding, according to a 911 recording.
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Published Dec. 16, 2020
Updated Dec. 16, 2020

A man was bitten on the arm by a shark off Siesta Key on Tuesday morning, according to news reports.

The man walked home bleeding and a woman there called 911 for help, WFTS, Ch. 13 reported.

The Sarasota County Fire Department was called out to Point of Rocks Circle on Siesta Key for the medical emergency around 8:24 a.m. and one person was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, according to the Herald-Tribune.

Hospital staff confirmed that the injury was a shark bite, the Herald-Tribune reported.

Quoting from the 911 call, WFTS reported that the caller got instructions in how to stop the bleeding and said the victim was 39.

There have been seven unprovoked shark attacks in Sarasota County since start of record-keeping in 1882, according to the International Shark Attack File kept by the Florida Museum. Most shark attacks in Florida occur along the state’s northeast coast and in the month of November, according to the file.