NEW ORLEANS, La. (KLFY) — A 64-year-old man was medevaced by the Coast Guard after he was attacked by a shark about 35 miles southeast of Grand Isle, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at 12:51 a.m. from personnel aboard a fishing vessel called the Moon Glow stating a 64-year-old male crew member had been attacked by a shark and was severely injured.
The man had reportedly been untangling fishing nets from the vessel’s propeller when he fell overboard and was bitten by a shark of unknown size and species. Crew members aboard the boat applied a tourniquet to the man’s partially amputated leg and radioed for help.
Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac. A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to the scene.
When the helicopter crew arrived, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer administered first aid and applied a new tourniquet to the man’s leg. The crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to University Medical Center New Orleans in critical condition.