Shark bites man off Key West seaside, based on police

Shark bites man off Key West seaside, based on police

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park offers a beach, nature trail and waterfront views.

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park presents a seaside, nature path and waterfront views.

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A person was bitten by what Key West police stated “seemed to be a big shark” whereas swimming off a seaside on the Southernmost island final weekend.

In line with the incident report, the person, 34-year-old Nicolae Cioban, was swimming close to the Outer Mole of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park final Sunday round 2 p.m. when he was bitten. The report says he had lacerations to his thigh, knee and calf space.

Cioban, who the report says lives in Romania, couldn’t be reached for remark. He was capable of stroll to an ambulance, and medics took him to the hospital. His wounds weren’t life-threatening.

The Florida Division of Environmental Safety, which oversees state parks, stated in an announcement that it might solely “verify there was an unknown marine life encounter” that day at Fort Zachary Taylor.

Alexandra Kuchta, DEP spokeswoman, stated park rangers “carefully monitored the water, however didn’t observe any sharks.”

Rangers nonetheless flew purple flags that day “letting guests know to train warning in and across the water.” As of Friday, Kuchta stated the flags are nonetheless being flown.

“Guests to coastal parks are reminded to pay shut consideration to the coloured flags posted at welcome stations and on the seashores,” she stated. “Coloured flags point out swimming circumstances on the seaside.”

Shark bites man off Key West seaside, based on police

David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Earlier than becoming a member of the Herald, he lined Congress, the Environmental Safety Company and the Division of Power in Washington, D.C. He’s a graduate of the College of Delaware.