Swimmer bitten by bull shark at Haulover Beach

Ashley Carr
July 11, 2017

"It started getting closer to the people at the sandbar and they tried to get out", witness Donovan Cecil told the outlet.

According to a local report, the 4-foot-long shark was later pulled near the shore and had the hook removed from it before being released into the ocean.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesperson Erika Benitez, lifeguards advised swimmers to get out of the water; however, one swimmer remained in the water and was bitten by a shark.

Although shark attacks are very rare, beach season is heating up, so PEOPLE spoke with Larry Cahoon, professor of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, about what do to if you come face-to-face with a shark.

The victim made it out of the water, blood streaming down his legs, and walked over to lifeguards, who helped him and called paramedics.

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He was then taken to Aventura Hospital to be further treated for his injuries, none of which were deemed life threatening. Felipe Lay of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told Local10.com.

Although a man in Florida was recently attacked by a shark near Miami Beach, swimmers shouldn't necessarily write off their summer beach trips just yet.

Officials said the shark attack is the first reported at Haulover Beach.

Shark attacks have been steadily declining in frequency since 2015, during which there were a record high 98 around the globe.

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