ON CAMERA: Coast Guards medevacs shark attack victim

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Source: Air Station New Orleans, U.S. Coast Guard

HOUSTON (CW39) –  One man is recovering after a shark attack near Grand Isle, Louisiana on Friday. Watchstanders from the Coast Sector New Orleans received a call from the Moon Glow fishing vessel, saying a 64-year-old male crew member had been attacked by a shark.  According to the Coast Guard, the man was untangling fishing nets from the vessel’s propeller when he fell overboard and was bitten by a shark of an unknown size and species.

Crewmembers applied a tourniquet to the man’s partially amputated leg and radioed for help.  A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrived at the scene so that a Coast Guard rescue swimmer could administer first aid.  The man was then taken to University Medical Center New Orleans in critical condition.

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