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||Posted: Aug. 21 2007,04:56
Yet another shark attack in Islamorada!
|A 52-year-old marine biologist who swims every night offshore of Founder's Park in Islamorada was apparently bitten by a shark on Sunday.|
Chris Olstad, 52, was swimming his normal route from the park to a sailboat about a half mile offshore and back about 9:15 p.m.
He had made it to the boat and about a quarter of a mile back when he was struck in the side.
He believes it was by a shark.
''I felt a bump and a shake and felt the head of an animal,'' he said Monday.
After the attack, he managed to make it back to shore.
No one was around, he said.
As he walked along the beach toward the sheriff's Islamorada substation, located at the entrance to Founder's Park, he passed out three times, sustaining cuts and bruises on his head.
Eventually he made it the 100 yards to the station, where an ambulance took him to Mariner's Hospital, a short distance away.
Sgt. Tom Kiffney, who spoke with Olstad at Mariner's Hospital, said the man's wounds were extensive, from under his arm to his waist, with a large chunk of his flesh missing.
From the Keys hospital, he was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he remained Monday.
''I've been swimming there for eight years,'' he said. ``This is a pretty rare event.''
Courtesy Miami Herald.
I know an Englishman who swims every day - bout a mile - off Dania Beach. Sure makes you wonder...
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