Hamilton boy, 12, survives shark attack in Florida

Media in Miami are reporting that a boy from Hamilton was bitten by a shark while vacationing with his family at a Florida beach.
In this photo Dr. Jorge Bastos Marrero, Dr. Francis Amador, M.D. and registered nurse Esti Cohen pose with Christian Mariani, the Hamilton boy who survived a shark attack. (Broward Health)

Officials say a Canadian boy was bitten by a shark while vacationing with his family at a Florida beach.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials told news outlets that 12-year-old Christian Mariani was found Wednesday bleeding with puncture wounds. Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan says he was taken in stable condition to a local hospital.

NBC Miami reports that Mariani, is from Hamilton and was visiting South Florida with his dad and brother.

"That is the scariest feeling that I think I have ever experienced in my life," Mariani told NBC. He said "I feel more lucky than unlucky. I know that it's a very low chance to get bit by a shark but to be in the condition I am right now, that is also very lucky." 

Gollan said lifeguards were doing routine physical training when they heard a loud scream coming from the ocean across from The Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale.

Mariani was taken to Broward Health Medical Centre in Fort Lauderdale. 

"My friend, here, was very lucky," Dr. Francis Amador said in a Facebook post to the Broward Health page. The post says that Mariani received "17 stitches in his right foot before he was released to his family."

Shark bites are more common in the summer when more people are in the water and ocean currents bring bait fish closer to shore. 
Members of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue team attend to a 12-year-old boy from Hamilton after he was bitten by a shark. (Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue)


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