ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - Orange Beach officials said a man was bitten in the Gulf Tuesday afternoon.
According to Orange Beach Aquatics Coordinator Melvin Shepard, 20-year-old Jordan Tyler McConnell of Shreveport, La. rented a jet ski and took it about a mile out in the Gulf, just south of the Florida-Alabama line. McConnell fell off the jet ski and was bitten by a fish. Officials aren't sure if it was a shark or a barracuda that bit him.
The rental crew noticed McConnell had fallen off the watercraft. When he got back on, he laid down backwards. The crew went out and picked him up and brought him to shore.
Shepard said the victim was in shock and had a low pulse.
"Just based on what some of the people that were there saw - the damage that was done - they don't believe it was a shark bite simply because it wasn't significant damage on both sides of the foot. It was mainly one side, which led them to believe it may possibly have been a barracuda," Shepard said.
The victim didn't see the fish, and there were no distinct teeth marks left behind.
McConnell was treated on the beach and flown to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola.
According to officials who treated McConnell, his foot wasn't bitten off, but there was severe damage to his ankle bone and tendons in his foot. When he was air lifted by Life-Flight, he was in stable condition.
At the hospital, McConnell underwent a three hour surgery to repair his damaged right foot.
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