Shark bites fisherman and drags him off boat as pals scramble to save him

A shocking video captured the moment a shark clamped its jaws around a fisherman's arm and pulled him off his boat.

The bloke, wearing a white shirt, was out on the water at Everglades National Park in Florida, US on Friday (June 23) when he was filmed reaching out over the water to clean his hand when the beast emerged from the water.

The long grey shark jumps up out of the water and grabs at the man's hand and pulled him in.

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Footage showed the man, who has been identified as Nick, was seen scrambling to get back on the boat as his friends screamed as they tried to help him.

Thankfully, they were able to get him back on board but blood was seen splatted on the side of the boat as he climbed back on.

Local media reported that the man was airlifted to hospital for treatment by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue after park rangers initially responded to the scene.

It is not clear what kind of injuries he sustained during the attack.

The video was sent to Local 10 by Michael Russo, who identified himself as one of the people on the boat, describing the heart-stopping moment when his friend Nick was bitten.

Russo wrote: "Today was one of the scariest days on the water I have ever had. It started off great and we were crushing the fish but the sharks were eating some, despite our best efforts.

"After releasing a snook, Nick washed his hands in the water and was immediately bit by a large [lemon] shark."

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Russo claims that there was no chum or blood in the water when the shark bit Nick and therefore he claims the attack was "unprovoked."

Wildlife officials are now urging anyone going fishing to follow basic safety precautions while out on the water as they have shared a clip of the incident on social media.

One fishing guide wrote on Instagram: "PSA: please don't make the same mistake and please keep your hands and feet in the vessel."

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