MDA reported that the man suffers from serious wounds to the entire forearm and is in moderate condition. He was evacuated to the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.
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The man is a diver who took part in underwater work with another diver seven kilometers (4.3 miles) offshore. Kelly Peretz, an MDA paramedic who treated him said: "We understood he was working with another friend when a shark popped up suddenly, bit him in the arm and left. His friend pulled him out of the water and brought him by boat to the shore."
Kelly added that the diver suffered injuries to his forearm down to his palm but was in full consciousness, "he cooperated and answered questions."
This is not the first time a shark has been found in the vicinity of the Ashdod Port or Israeli beaches. Last April, two fishermen accidentally fished a 60-kg (132 lbs) shark out of the water.
In spring 2005, two events involving sharks took place in Israeli shores. A 3-meter-long (9.8 feet) shark was caught in the vicinity of Ashkelon shores, two weeks after a 5-meter-long (16.4 feet) shark was caught near Ashdod shores.
Itay Blumenthal contributed to this report
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