A 10-year-old boy vacationing with his family in the Florida Keys was attacked by a shark Saturday while snorkeling at Low Key, state wildlife police confirmed Monday.
Jameson Reeder Jr. was taken by helicopter to a Miami-Dade hospital, where doctors amputated his leg just below the knee “to save his life because he was unable to walk from the shark damage,” his uncle said. Joshua Reeder posted on Facebook. .
“He said the Sharks made the decision for him,” Reeder posted on his Facebook page Sunday. But his life was spared. Thank you, Jesus/Jesus!!”
The family believes the boy’s leg was bitten off by an eight-foot bull shark. As he screamed for help, Jameson clung to a pool noodle and his father pulled the boat up to rescue him, the post said.
“Less than an hour after the incident, the helicopter took off with Jameson Jr. and his mother on board,” Joshua Reeder said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state agency tasked with patrolling the waters, did not release information or details about the shark bite, but confirmed it when contacted by FLKeysNews.com/Miami Herald. .
Meanwhile, reports of the boy’s attack were circulating among people in the Lower Keys, through several Facebook posts and a GoFundMe account set up by a family friend.
The boy’s family could not be immediately contacted.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jason Rafter confirmed the shark attack Monday morning but said he would release details after speaking with the boy’s father.
This developing story will be updated.