Video: United States Coast Guard
GRAND ISLE, La. (WGNO) — A man has been rescued by the Coast Guard in the early morning hours after he was attacked by a shark on the Louisiana coast.
Shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a fishing vessel about 35 miles southeast of Grand Isle.
A 65-year-old crew member had been untangling fishing nets aboard the Moon Glow vessel when he fell overboard. He was then bitten by a shark, partially amputating his leg.
The size and species of the shark are unknown.
After pulling him aboard, crew members applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg and called for help.
A helicopter rescue team was launched to the scene to medevac the victim. Upon arriving, a Coast Guard swimmer administered first aid and applied a fresh tourniquet to the man’s leg.
The victim was airlifted to the University Medical Center New Orleans where he remains in critical condition. He has not yet been identified.