Florida Fisherman Nearly Dies After Falling into Shark-Infested Waters in the Bahamas

Florida Fisherman Nearly Dies After Falling into Shark-Infested Waters in the Bahamas
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Mar¬≠lin Wake¬≠man, a 24-year-old fish¬≠er¬≠man from Flori¬≠da, near¬≠ly died after suf¬≠fer¬≠ing a shark attack in the Bahamas. 

On April 26th, Wake­man slipped and fell into the waters near Fly­ing Fish Mari­na in Long Island, an area teem­ing with Caribbean reef sharks.

With­in sec­onds of hit­ting the water, Wake­man was bit­ten twice by the sharks swarm­ing below. He recalled one shark latched onto his leg in a vicious bite, com­ing dan­ger­ous­ly close to sev­er­ing his artery. A sec­ond shark also bit him dur­ing the ordeal.

Wake­man was able to free him­self and pull his man­gled body onto his boat. His quick-think­ing cap­tain applied a tourni­quet to stem the heavy bleed­ing from his leg wound. After ini­tial treat­ment in the Bahamas, Wake­man was air­lift­ed to a hos­pi­tal in Flori­da where doc­tors have been help­ing him recover.

The waters near Fly­ing Fish Mari­na have an out-of-con­trol shark pop­u­la­tion due to fish­er­men dis­card­ing fish remains into the water dai­ly. Wake­man esti­mat­ed at least 20 sharks con­stant­ly cir­cle the area, turn­ing it into a feed­ing fren­zy. Even the expe­ri­enced fish­er­man knew that falling in meant almost cer­tain death by shark attack.

Despite the trau­ma of the event and sever­i­ty of his injuries, Wake­man hopes to make a full recov­ery. He plans to return to work in the Bahamas once reha­bil­i­ta­tion is com­plete, show­ing remark­able brav­ery. His har­row­ing expe­ri­ence serves as a cau­tion­ary tale of the dan­gers that lurk beneath the idyl­lic trop­i­cal waters of the Caribbean.

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