Sharks bite two fishermen in Florida Keys in separate incidents

Officials have reported two separate incidents of fishermen being bitten by sharks in the Florida Keys, occurring within a span of less than 36 hours.

The first incident took place last Thursday, where a 20-year-old man from Miami-Dade County was bitten in the leg while spearfishing near Marathon, according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The injured man was airlifted by a medical helicopter from the Seven Mile Bridge and transported to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami. No update on his condition was provided, ABC NEWS reported.

The second incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, when a 35-year-old fisherman was bitten on the foot by a shark after reeling it in while fishing off a dock in Summerland Key.

The shark bit the man while it was on the dock. The injured fisherman was also transported by a trauma helicopter to a hospital in Miami. The current condition of the individual remains unknown.

Summerland Key is located approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Key West, while Marathon is situated about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Key West.

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