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    Ouch!

    http://blog.al.com/live/2011/06/man_..._gulf_aft.html

    ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -- A man was bitten by a fish, possibly a barracuda, after falling off a personal watercraft into the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon near the Flora-Bama Lounge, authorities said.
    The unidentified man was airlifted to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., and was treated there for a bite to the ankle that was not considered life-threatening, Orange Beach Fire Chief Forney Howard told the Press-Register.
    Dismissing early reports that a shark may have been responsible, Howard said be believed that a barracuda attacked the man after he fell into the water. Howard said the man was able to get back on the watercraft and come ashore to get help. The incident happened at about 3 p.m., he said.
    The barracuda is an aggressive predator that is common to warm waters in many parts of the world, including the Gulf of Mexico. It can grow to more than 40 pounds.

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    Re: Ouch!

    That would be just my luck.

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    Well it was a shark, not a barracuda.

    http://www.local15tv.com/news/local/...g.cspx?rss=217

    (ORANGE BEACH, Ala.) - Officials said a tourist is lucky to be alive after getting bit by a bull shark Tuesday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico.

    20-year-old Tyler McConnell, believed to be from North Louisiana, had fallen off a jet ski off the coast of Perdido Beach near the Flora-Bama. He felt something tear into his foot while he was in the water.

    Witnesses said McConnell was able to get back on his jet ski and float to shore, where he was given emergency care by a local business owner.

    As of Tuesday morning, McConnell is said to be in good health at a Pensacola hospital after receiving ten hours of surgery the night before.

    "If he wouldn't have got on the jet ski he would have bled to death," Wahoo Watersports Owner Brooks Moore said. McConnell, along with his mother and sister, had rented their jet skis from his shop.

    One of his workers applied a tourniquet on the main artery in the man's leg to stop the bleeding from his ankle.

    "You could see his Achilles tendon," Moore said. "I don't think he cut his Achilles tendon, but you could see his ankle bone his Achilles tendon.

    "The shark had serrated his whole foot. My captain, Brice Williams, was an Army EMT. He basically took control, pinched the main artery in the guys leg so he wouldn't bleed to death."

    Mico Sprunk, a vacationer from Dallas, said he and his daughter were just heading out from Perdido Beach on their jet ski when they passed McConnell heading for shore in serious pain.

    "It looked like something had sliced and ripped his foot open," Sprunk said. "When he came in there was blood, and we didn't realize how much it was until we were taking off and it just looked like pools of blood coming out.

    "He (the former Army EMT) took charge until the firemen came down to actually put him in the ambulance and take him away."

    Orange Beach Fire-Rescue, as well as Orange Beach and Marine Police, responded to the incident around 4 p.m.

    "We decided at the time, due to the nature of the incident, we would LifeFlight him to the hospital," Orange Beach Fire Chief Forney Howard said.

    Howard said some quick work by people at the scene helped save his life.

    Wahoo Watersports Owner Brooks Moore said he hasn't seen anything like this in his 15 years at Perdido Beach, and that the shark attack is nothing more than a freak accident.

    LOCAL 15 tried to reach Tyler McConnell's mother for comment, but our calls were not immediately returned.
    "It really helps when we have people on the scene that began the MS care."

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