Coast Guard medevacs shark bite victim near Bahamas

Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter

USCG MH-60 helicopter file photo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a shark bite victim about 18 miles north of West End, The Bahamas, Wednesday.

Jim Abernathy, 55, residence unknown, was on a diving excursion with the commercial diving vessel Shear Water when he was bitten on the arm.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., deployed in support of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) located the Shear Water, safely hoisted Abernathy and transported him to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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