A witness shows where Tyler McConnell was bitten by a shark
Tyler McConnell, 20, was bitten on the foot by a by what is believed to be a bull shark after he fell off his jet ski after he hit something while jet skiing off Orange Beach, Alabama, in the Gulf of Mexico, US. The incident happened about 500 metres offshore off the coast of Perdido Beach near the Alabama-Florida line.
Initial reports said he was bitten by a barracuda, but hospital officials confirmed it was a shark bite.
After the attack McConnell managed to swim back to the jet ski and get back to shore where he was treated on the beach before being airlifted to hospital.
A witness was reported as saying the shark tore all his tendons in his ankle – “you could see his Achilles, see the bone”.
McConnell’s sister, who also witnessed the attack, was quoted as saying:
“Basically, he hit something, whether it was a wave or the shark itself, it knocked him off, and it happened immediately.
“He was bleeding profusely. I rushed over to him, and my mom rushed over to him. He was swimming toward the Jet-ski with his arms and miraculously hopped back on while his foot was severed.
“The sight of blood was ridiculous, but he managed to drive himself back to the beach. The next thing I know, we’re on the beach and he’s lying down under an umbrella.
“An ex-military person was there and applied pressure to the major artery in his leg, and elevated his foot. We put a shirt around the wound. I put my swimsuit cover around it. That’s how we kept him from bleeding out.”
He was airlifted to Pensacola Hospital, where he underwent 3 hours of surgery. He was expected to make a full recovery.
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