Girl, 13, bitten by toe when dozens of river bathers were ravaged by piranhas – World News

Local authorities in Argentina, which accused high temperatures and low water levels of the attack, banned people from entering the water because the 13-year-old was left in need of an emergency skin transplant

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The terrifying fish attacked when the large group took a dip in the river

A teenage girl got a toe cut off when dozens of bathers were attacked by voracious piranhas as they cooled in a river.

About 30 people were injured after the deadly fish that was put on them when they took a dip in Argentina.

The 13-year-old was rushed to hospital for an acute skin transplant after losing his little toe in the horror incident at a popular sunbathing spot on the Parana River in Santa Fe.

Local authorities banned people from entering the water after the weekend and blamed high temperatures and low water levels for the attacks.

Local TV pictures showed that one of the victims was taken care of by a doctor with a bandage over his big toe and blood dripped from foot ulcers.







About 30 people were injured after the attack at a place along the river Para
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Sergio Berardi, a union representative for lifeguards in the area, blamed 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 and said: “We can not stress enough the importance of following the warnings from lifeguards, especially families with children, now we have seen what damage these piranhas can do.

“When the lifeguards see one of two people being bitten, they automatically order people to leave the water, but often this measure is not sufficient or effective due to the amount of people in the area.

“On Sunday afternoon, the lifeguards rushed to their feet to try to deal with all the people who suffered bite injuries at the same time.

“These fish tend to move in shoals so we get many simultaneous attacks.







Officials in Argentina have now banned people from entering the water
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“We did not expect what happened to happen before the summer even started here. If people take a quick dip in the water, they should be okay, but the best thing is to take advantage of the showers that are installed on the beach. ”

The attacks, on a popular beachfront site called Laguna Setubal, have been blamed on a piranha cousin named Palometas,
On Christmas Day 2013, more than 60 people were injured in a mass piranha attack in the same river.

Dozens of bathers, including more than 20 children, were bitten by the shoal of carnivorous fish during the surprise attack.

A seven-year-old girl dropped part of one of her fingers and a young boy was left with an open fracture in his hand.

Other swimmers suffered deep cuts to their ankles, fingers and hands.

The terrorist attack took place on a popular beach on the river Parana in the city of Rosario, the birthplace of the Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi.

Swimmers trying to cool in 100 degrees Farenheit temperatures rushed out of the water bleeding from wounds and called for help while parents of children in the water rushed to their aid to drag them to safety.

The Coast Guard called in ambulance personnel so that they could help the seriously injured before the 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.

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