Key Biscayne

Possible shark attack at a Miami-Dade beach. A man has been hospitalized

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a report of a possible shark attack on a man in Key Biscayne waters.

Erika Benitez, a spokeswoman for fire rescue, said they were called to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park around 7:58 a.m. Saturday.

“The victim might have been a diver,” she said shortly after. “It is a possible shark bite.”

The victim was treated by paramedics near Boater’s Grill at 1200 Crandon Blvd. and sent, with a bandaged arm, to Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

Benitez said fire rescue can’t confirm the details yet unless crews hear back from Ryder as to the cause and extent of the injuries.

But on Saturday afternoon, Jose Marino, who was on a fishing boat with a group — including the victim — told WPLG Local 10 that the man he knows as Mayito is 40 and that he was fishing with the others off a 23-foot boat in Key Biscayne overnight.

Mayito was bitten after Marino left the boat to head to shore around 5 a.m. Marino said he heard about the possible shark bite when he got up, WPLG reported.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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