30-year-old Atlanta man attacked by shark while snorkeling in Florida Keys

MARATHON, Fla. — A 30-year-old Atlanta man had to be airlifted to a Miami hospital after a shark attacked him Sunday.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said a shark bit Andrew Eddy in the shoulder while he was snorkeling with his family in the Florida Keys.

Deputies described the injury to Eddy’s shoulder as severe. His immediate condition is unknown at this time, according to the sheriff’s office.

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“This was a very rare medical crisis for the Florida Keys, but everyone came together — including those witnesses on the boat to 911 Communicators to all our emergency responders — in order to ensure this victim received life-saving care,” Sheriff Rick Ramsay said.

Witnesses told deputies that a shark, eight to 10 feet in length, attacked Eddy almost immediately when he got into the water. No other injuries were reported.

The sheriff’s office said it received information there was a bull shark in that area by boaters who had been there previously.

The office also said there was no one fishing or chumming the water where the group was snorkeling.