One man was seriously injured in a shark attack in Florida

A man suffered “serious injuries to his right arm” in a shark attack off Florida's east coast on Friday, authorities said.

The Nassau County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit was patrolling when they received a distress call from a boat at 11:15 a.m. local time. When they arrived, they found the victim had a “serious injury to his right arm” and immediately bandaged it to stop the bleeding.

“The deputy then towed the boat to the D.D. Bartels Boat Ramp where the Fernandina Beach Fire Rescue Team was waiting,” the sheriff's office said in a post on social media.

The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital. Officials said he is currently in critical condition but is expected to recover.

Officials did not provide any additional details.

The incident comes after three people — a woman and two teenage girls — were injured in two separate shark attacks off Florida's Gulf Coast earlier this month.

Local officials have warned Informing swimmers of the dangers in Florida waters,

“Purple flags indicate the presence of dangerous marine life and single red flags indicate a high-risk situation,” the Bay County Sheriff's Office said in a social media post earlier this month.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says shark activity in Florida waters typically peaks between April and October.

“Yet shark bites are still extremely rare. Humans in Florida are 30 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to be bitten by a shark,” it states. “Experts agree that the increase in the number of shark bites in recent years is more related to an increase in the number of human visitors than to an increase in shark populations or activity.”

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