An Austrian tourist who was bitten by a shark as he stood in chest-deep water in the Gulf of Mexico has been released from a Fort Myers hospital. The attack came days after another tourist was killed and one seriously injured by sharks in the Florida Panhandle. Witnesses say 19-year-old Armin Trojer limped away from the attack at Gasparilla Island Beach near Boca Grande. He underwent surgery Friday to repair ligaments, tendons and blood vessels on his right ankle.
Spokeswoman for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Ileana Limarzi, says it was clearly a shark bite.
“Somebody in the water saw a shark and local firefighters—by looking at the bite—were able to determine that’s what had attacked him.”
Limarzi calls this an “isolated” case for the region. The latest attack took place well south of two others… one last Monday, in which a boy lost a leg and another a week ago Saturday, which took the life of a 14 year old girl. Tthese developments prompted Sanibel to issue a shark advisory… and remind beachgoers to always swim with other people, avoid wearing shiny jewelry and never swim at night.
Monday, 04 July 2005 01:00