Snorkeler attacked by 10-foot shark rushed to hospital with ‘severe’ injuries

A 30-year-old snorkeler suffered "severe" injuries after being attacked by a 10-foot bull shark in Florida Keys, US, on Sunday.

Monroe County sheriff’s officials say Andrew Eddy, from Atlanta, was with his family exploring a reef at Sombrero Key Light on Sunday, September 20, when he was attacked and bitten on the shoulder by the shark.

Witnesses said Mr Eddy was attacked almost immediately after entering the water, a local police spokesman said.

Family members immediately rushed to help him and are said to have started administering first aid before Mr Eddy was then airlifted to a hospital.

Authorities said boaters in the area had spotted the bull shark earlier in the day and reported it.

Witnesses said the shark was 8 to 10 feet in length.

The Keys sheriff’s office said nobody was fishing or putting chum in the water near where mr Eddy’s group were snorkeling, the Miami Herald reports.

Eddy was taken back to Sombrero Beach, where Marathon Fire Rescue and MCSO tended to him before being an air ambulance took him to Ryder Trauma at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Sheriff Rick Ramsay praised everyone who responded to the incident, including those on the boat who immediately began first aid and CPR.

“This was a very rare medical crisis for the Florida Keys, but everyone came together — including those witnesses on the boat to 911 communicators to all our emergency responders — in order to ensure this victim received life-saving care,” Ramsay said.

Although he suffered "severe" shoulder injuries, no further information on Mr Eddy's condition was disclosed by authorities.

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