INJURED – 30 May 2010 – fishing boat, NW of Tarpon Springs, Florida, US – fisherman attacked
Mike Seymore, 49, was bitten on the left leg while trying to remove a hook from a 4-ft lemon shark he had caught and pulled into the fishing boat he was on. He was fishing with a partner about 50 miles northwest of Tarpon Springs, Florida, US. The incident happened early morning Sunday, 30 May 2010.
Seymore was airlifted from the boat and transferred to Tampa General Hospital.
Seymore told media:
“I got the shark in the boat and he jumped one way, I jumped another and he grabbed my leg. It was about a 4-foot lemon shark. It’s a pretty deep bite and there will be at least 10 staples.”
He said they quite often catch sharks but cut them loose so they can get the hooks back.
“This one got me.
“He let go eventually, after he ripped a hole in my leg. It’s a pretty big gash, 6 inches long, but it’s wide open right now.”
Doctor stitched up the wound and released him a few hours later.
No other details were reported.