Dramatic video shows US Coast Guard helicopter crew rescuing shark bite victim near Bahamas: ‘Truly terrifying situation’

A fisherman who was bitten by a shark near the Bahamas was brought to safety by a US Coast Guard helicopter crew after his comrades tied a tourniquet around his arm. Air Station Miami crew lifted the man from a fishing boat near Bimini on Monday afternoon and took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where he was in stable condition, a agency press release noted.

The Coast Guard posted a dramatic video of the rescue on Twitter:

The 51-year-old’s companions on the Shear Water fishing boat called the Coast Guard around 12:50 p.m. Monday. They reported that he was bitten by a shark while fishing and “a tourniquet was placed on the man’s arm to prevent further loss of blood”.

After receiving the call, the Coast Guard dispatched an Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an Air Station Miami HC-144 aircraft crew to the scene.

“It was the best possible outcome in a truly terrifying situation,” said Coast Guard District Seven Command duty officer Sean Connett. “This individual was fortunate that another crew member was able to assist before the Coast Guard arrived, which allowed for a quick extraction from the vessel.”

Shark bite victim saved
In this image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami rescues a man after he was bitten by a shark while fishing from a vessel near Bimini, Bahamas on February 21, 2022.

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Shark bites increased globally in 2021 after three consecutive years of decline, says a report released last month.

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