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Update on incident at Casino Beach on Saturday

PENSACOLA BEACH   --  A swimmer is still recovering after being  injured  by something in the waters off Casino Beach Saturday.   
He received several stitches on top of his foot and around his heel over the weekend at Gulf Breeze Hospital.
Questions still remain as to what exactly bit him quick acting Life Guards may have helped the man from bleeding to death.

Kavontae Smalls
"Lifeguards on Pensacola Beach are prepared to handle just about any situation that can happen to swimmers in the Gulf.  When the man was bit by something in the water over the weekend, they sprung into action"

Pensacola Beach went into a frenzy Saturday when a man suffered a serious  wound from something lurking in the water.

Angie Taylor
"All of a sudden we hear people screaming, Get the lifeguards, Get the lifeguards"

Angie Taylor shot video of the man pulled from the water one of his legs, streaming with blood.  With  what witness describe as a visible bite mark.

"My fellow guards were here and they said it was strange because we normally don't get bites it's very rare, we haven't had a bite in a long time"

Even though swimmers are rarely bit by Marine life at Pensacola Beach, lifeguards on hand are trained and ready to deal with it.
They act as first responders for most beach emergencies.

Alex Johnson - Sr. Lifeguard
"We're here to get people out of the water and keep them alive, and stabilized until we can get them to some more advanced personnel"

The Lifeguards were able to quickly stop the bleeding, and get the man in well enough condition, for EMS to take over, and rushed him to the hospital.
Understanding marine life that's likely to swim close to shore.

Is just another part of life guard training, similar to preparing for rip currents and dangerous surf. 
"The ocean is inherently a dangerous place, it's not meant for humans, there's a whole-nother world there, there's rip currents, there's tides there's surf,  there's marine life that we aren't accustomed to"

Kavontae Smalls
"Remember to always check the flag conditions and swim near the life guards."