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.