Visitor bitten by shark while scuba diving
By K. NANCOO-RUSSELL
FN Senior Reporter
A 54-year-old South Florida man was bitten by a shark while diving in waters off Bell Channel yesterday afternoon.
The man was reportedly among a group of visitors who arrived on the island on Saturday.
An eyewitness said the group went out on a luxury yacht called the Lady Jo yesterday, to a reef which was approximately a mile offshore, and were scuba diving when the man was attacked by a shark approximately 8-10 feet long, which bit his upper right arm.
A report from The Bahamas Air and Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) indicated that officials received a distress call at approximately 12.30 p.m. that a man had been bitten by a shark.
His arm was almost bitten off, the report stated.
BASRA then notified the police, requested an ambulance, and transported the injured man to shore at the Port Lucaya Marina to meet the ambulance, which then took him to the Rand Memorial Hospital.
He reportedly underwent surgery and up to press time yesterday, police said he was in stable condition.
According to the BASRA report, persons on board the boat said they were diving on Shark Junction, with the proper dive flag erected, when a glass-bottom boat maneuvered near to them while the persons on board were throwing out bait to lure animals to the vessel.
" The glass-bottom boat's crew were yelled at many times that divers were in the water, but to no avail,"?the BASRA report read.
Police said investigations into the matter are still being carried out.
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