Girl, 13, bit off toe after PIRANHA attack on swimmers in Argentine river, leaving 30 people with horrific injuries
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- A teenage girl, 13, had one of her little toes bitten off by piranhas in Argentina
- About 30 people were injured after the attack on a site along the Para . River
- Local authorities blame high temperatures and low water levels for the attack
A teenage girl bit off a toe and about 30 other people were injured after being attacked by piranhas while bathing in an Argentine river.
The 13-year-old was rushed to hospital for emergency skin graft surgery after she lost her little toe during the horror incident at a popular sun spot on Santa Fe’s Parana River.
Local authorities have banned people from entering the water after the weekend’s attacks.
A teenage girl had bitten off a toe and about 30 other people were injured after being attacked by piranhas while bathing in the water at Laguna Setubal in Argentina (pictured)
Local TV footage reported by El Litoral showed one of the victims being cared for by medics with a bandage over his big toe and blood dripping from foot wounds.
Sergio Berardi, a lifeguards union representative in the area, blames the piranha attacks on the high temperatures and low water levels.
He confirmed that a 13-year-old had lost a toe in one of the incidents, saying: “We cannot emphasize enough the importance of heeding the warnings of lifeguards, especially families with children, as we assess the damage. what these piranhas can do. .
‘If the lifeguards see that one of the two people is being bitten, they automatically order people out of the water, but often this action is not enough or efficient due to the amount of people in the area.
Local TV reports showed medics treating the bathers’ wounds on their hands and feet
“On Sunday afternoon, lifeguards on duty were rushed to receive all people who had bite marks at the same time.
“These fish tend to move in schools, so we get a lot of simultaneous attacks.
“We didn’t expect what happened before summer started here. If people take a quick dip in the water, that should be fine, but it’s best to take advantage of the showers installed on the beach.”
The attacks, at a popular beach spot on the river called Laguna Setubal, are attributed to a piranha cousin named Palometas.
On Christmas Day 2013, more than 60 people were injured in a massive piranha attack in the same river.
Dozens of swimmers, including more than 20 children, were bitten by the school of carnivorous fish during the surprise attack.
This person had bitten off one of their fingers by the piranhas during the attack
A seven-year-old girl lost part of one of her fingers and a boy was left with an open fracture in his hand.
Other swimmers suffered deep cuts to their ankles, fingers and hands.
The attack took place on a popular beach on the Parana River in the city of Rosario, the birthplace of Lionel Messi, the star of Paris Saint-Germain.
Swimmers trying to cool off in temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit ran out of the water, bleeding from wounds and screaming for help, as the parents of children rushed into the water to get them to safety.
Coast guards called paramedics so they could help the worst injured before police temporarily closed the beach and forced people out of the water who continued to swim despite the danger.
The attack was the most serious of its kind in the city since 2008, when 40 swimmers were injured.