Friday 22 September 2017

Mass piranha attack leaves 70 bathers injured

A man is treated after he was bit by a palometa, a type of piranha, while wading in the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina
A man is treated after he was bit by a palometa, a type of piranha, while wading in the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina

Associated Press

An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.

Director of lifeguards Federico Cornier said that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Christmas Day when some bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet.

Mr Cornier blamed the attack on palometas, "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite".

Paramedic Alberto Manino said some of the children who he treated had lost entire digits.

He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches had been closed, but it was so hot that within a half an hour, many people had gone back to the water.

Irish Independent

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