Fisherman hospitalized after injury in alleged shark attack off Key Biscayne

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says man suffered 'possible shark bite'

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – An ambulance rushed a 40-year-old man -- who was injured while fishing -- from Key Biscayne to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center on Saturday morning.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, a paramedic believed the man suffered a "possible shark bite," but doctors at JMH had yet to confirm that. 

Erika Benitez, a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said a boater took the man to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and paramedics responded to a report of a diver who was "possibly biten offshore."

Jose Marino said his friends were fishing on a 23-foot boat overnight off Key Biscayne.

Marino said he was fishing with the group, but he had decided to return to shore about 5 a.m. He said he woke up to news that the man, who he only knows as "Mayito," had been bitten by a shark. "Mayito" is a diminutive of Mario in Spanish. 

Authorities have yet to report the man's injury as a shark attack. 

In Volusia County, Capt. Mike Berard said there were two shark incidents on Saturday afternoon near the inlet of New Smyrna Beach. Berard said a shark took a bite to the left hand and wrist of a 20-year-old woman who was surfing and a shark bit a man on the right foot. 

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