Serious photos: Dozens injured in a piranha attack on a river in Argentina
A 13-year-old girl lost her toe after piranha fish attacked bathers in an Argentine river, leaving 30 people with horrific injuries
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Saturday, November 27, 2021, 11:50 p.m.
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A 13-year-old girl was seriously injured after being bitten and lost her toe and about 30 other people were moderately-lightly injured after being attacked over the weekend by piranha fish while bathing in a river in Argentina.
Local media reported Saturday the 13th was rushed to hospital for emergency skin graft surgery after losing her toe in an incident that occurred on a popular beach near the Parana River in Santa Fe.
Local authorities have banned people from entering the water after a series of attacks over the weekend, local TV network Al Litoral reported on the incident.
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Sergio Barardi, a representative of the Rescue Association in the area, blamed the piranha fish attacks on the high temperatures and low water levels.
He confirmed that a 13-year-old girl lost a finger in one of the incidents and said: "We can not stress enough the importance of complying with lifeguard warnings, especially families with children, now we have seen the damage these piranhas can do.
" Immediately, but often this action is insufficient or ineffective - because of the amount of people in the area.
"The rescuers tried to deal simultaneously with all the people who suffered bite injuries, but these fish tend to move in flocks so we experience a lot of attacks at the same time, but we did not expect such a thing to happen before summer even starts here," he said.
[Fue Noticia] Palometas atacaron a personas se se bañaban en la Laguna Setúbal https://t.co/20Yo90avcq
- El Litoral (@ellitoral) November 24, 2021
The attacks took place at a popular spot on the river bank called the Laguna Stubal, where relatives of the piranha fish, called plumets, were often observed.
Santa #SantaFe I Palometas attacking 20 people in Setúbal, and a loss a dedo del pie # UsáLaDucha✅https: //t.co/bC0wu1oIoS pic.twitter.com/V5ZIF2OKro
- La Región Santa Fe (@laregionsantafe) November 23, 2021
The latest incident is the worst since Christmas 2013, when more than 60 people were injured in a mass piranha fish attack on the same river.
The prey fish attack then took place on one of the popular shores of the Parana River near the town of Rosario, 300 kilometers north of the capital Buenos Aires.
According to one of the paramedics who treated the injured, the bathers were injured by bites on various parts of their bodies and the fingers of many children were amputated.
The assessment in Argentina at the time was that debris left in the water near the shore by fishermen was what caused such a large swarm of piranhas to congregate precisely there.