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Shark Attacks Man Snorkeling in Florida Keys Coral Reef Park

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    Man Recovering After Shark Attack

    A man is recovering after a shark attack in Key Largo. NBC6 Reporter Nathalia Ortiz explains.

    (Published Sunday, July 8, 2018)

    A Georgia man is recovering after a shark reportedly bit him in the Florida Keys on Saturday.

    The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed the incident that occurred at about 1:30 p.m. at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo.

    The man was injured during a snorkeling trip as he celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary, a witness told NBC 6.

    "Within about 15 minutes of all the snorkelers going out there, I saw one of the snorkelers, a male, was waving his hands in distress," said the witness.

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    The man was transported to a local hospital, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday. His condition is not yet known.

    Video from the incident shows people on a boat helping the man out of the water as he bleeds heavily from one leg.

    "He had indicated that it was a shark bite. Other passengers maybe mentioned a barracuda, but there were other snorkelers that said they did see sharks in the water," said a witness. 

    The witness said one member of the boat crew jumped into the water to help the victim. The witness commended the captain and crew for keeping calm and getting the other people out of the water.

    Editor's Note: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Monday the man was likely bitten by a barracuda. While swimmers said they saw sharks in the water, witnesses said they saw a barracuda. Officials initially reported the man was bitten by a shark. Click here to read the updated story.

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