Woman Loses Arm in Shark Attack, Two Teens Injured in Separate Incidents: Authorities on Alert

Woman Loses Arm in Shark Attack, Two Teens Injured in Separate Incidents: Authorities on Alert

Law enforcement in Florida’s Panhandle are on heightened alert following a series of shark attacks that occurred within a 24-hour period. One woman sustained severe injuries, while two teenage girls were also injured along the same section of coastline.

Following the incidents, the beaches have been temporarily closed and authorities are actively monitoring the waters. Unfortunately, a 45-year-old woman sustained severe injuries that required doctors to amputate part of her left arm.

They have since reopened — however, authorities are urging swimmers to remain cautious.

“This morning, deputies in Santa Rosa Beach spotted a 14-foot hammerhead from their boat, which is a fairly common occurrence,” the post stated. It is important to note that sharks are consistently found in the Gulf. Swimmers and beachgoers are advised to exercise caution while swimming and remain vigilant of their surroundings at all times.

Flags have been placed on the beach to alert swimmers of potential risks. The red flag indicates a high hazard, while the purple flag signifies the presence of dangerous marine life.

In a recent Facebook post, the sheriff’s office reminded visitors to stay vigilant and be mindful of their surroundings.

A 45-year-old woman sustained severe injuries while swimming with her husband at Watersound Beach in Walton County around 1:15 p.m. On Friday, the shark attack occurred, according to South Walton Fire District Chief Ryan Crawford’s statement to reporters.

According to ABC News, the victim’s body suffered significant trauma during the attack, resulting in the later removal of part of her left arm.

The patient was transported by air to HCA Fort Walton-Destin Hospital in a critical condition as per The Post.

Approximately ninety minutes later, two teenagers were attacked by a shark while swimming with their friends in waist-deep water near Inlet Beach, approximately four miles away, according to officials.

Both girls, aged 15 and 17, sustained injuries, with one girl experiencing “significant injuries” to her upper leg and hand, according to Crawford.

During the attacks, two doctors who were vacationing together found themselves in the water and immediately sprung into action to provide crucial medical assistance to a wounded girl, potentially saving her life.

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