There are reports that a Bahamas resident has been bitten by a shark approximately one mile north of Grand Cay, Abaco. The incident occurred whilst Nixon Pierre, 35, was conch fishing with companion Oliver Russell, 36. The identity of the species is yet to be determined.Pierre is being cared for at Rand Memorial Hospital, after sustaining serious injuries to his face. Eyewitness accounts suggest that the attack occurred in roughly 20ft of water and the injury was sustained on the right side of the face.
Pierre was later taken by boat to Walker’s Cay, from where he was flown aboard a Regional Air flight to Freeport.
A doctor at the Rand Hospital described Pierre’s condition as serious but not life threatening.
It is hoped that there will be no backlash towards the natural predators owing to this act of nature. When we enter the water we are fully aware of the risks attached and that we, as human beings, are no longer the strongest predator. Shark attacks are very rare and there should be no fear of swimming in the waters concerned.