A BLUE shark has been blamed for an attack on a swimmer off a popular Ibiza holiday beach which left him needed emergency hospital treatment.
The Spanish pensioner was treated for a two-inch gash to his hand after being bitten off the beach at Playa d’en Bossa, home to famous clubs like Ushaia and one of the most popular destinations on Ibiza for British tourists.
Several people are said to have left the water after the incident, which happened on Saturday afternoon, although the beach was not closed to swimmers.
First aiders launched a search for the fish but abandoned their hunt after about an hour when they failed to find any sign of it.
The bite victim, an 82-year-old man, was discharged from Can Misses Hospital near Ibiza town around 7.30pm on Saturday following treatment, some four hours after he had been admitted.
Local authorities said they believe the incident was caused by a blue shark or a large fish.
Blue sharks are one of the most common species of sharks in the Mediterranean.
The same type of shark was blamed for an attack on a holidaymaker in Elche near Alicante last July.
The 40-year-old victim was rushed to hospital and given stitches to a wound in his hand.
First aiders described the bite as “large” and said he had come out of the sea with blood streaming from the injury.
The drama happened at Elche’s Arenales del Sol beach.
The red flag was kept in place for around two hours when bathers were allowed back in the water.
Tourists were ordered out of the water last August in the Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola after bathers said they had spotted a shark.
Lifeguards on jet skis helped kids on dinghies and from an inflatable water park near where the shark was spotted to safety as colleagues ran along the shoreline blowing on whistles and ordering swimmers out of the water.
Fuengirola beach, one of the most popular of the Costa del Sol with British tourists, was closed for five hours while patrol boats searched for the fish.
The red flag was hoisted along nearly two miles of coastline.
The beach was eventually reopened after nothing untoward was found.
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