Parana River: A piranha bit a teenage girl’s toe, wounding 30

Swimmers were prevented from entering the water after the brutal attack (Image: CEN/Getty Images)

A 13-year-old girl lost her little toe after piranhas attacked more than 30 people in an Argentine river.

Rescuers have been “pushed off their feet” as they treat dozens of people following the horrific accident at the Parana River in Santa Fe.

Disturbing footage showed one wounded man dripping blood from his wounds on his bandaged feet on Sunday.

The girl was taken to hospital for an emergency skin procedure after she was bitten on her toe.

Piranha cousins ​​called Palometas were blamed for the attack on a popular riverside beach spot called Laguna Setubal.

Experts said the attack was unexpected at this time of year and blamed it on high temperatures and low water levels.

Swimmers were prevented from entering the water as lifeguards warned people of “simultaneous attacks”.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of heeding the warnings of lifeguards, especially families with children, we have now seen the damage that piranhas can cause,” said Sergio Berardi, representative of the rescuers’ union in the region.

Some swimmers were badly injured (Image: CEN)
Overall about 30 people were infected (Image: CEN)
Piranha attacks are unexpected at this time of year but high temperatures at Laguna Setubal have been blamed (Photo: Juan Porqueres)

When lifeguards see two people being bitten, they automatically order the people out of the water, but this action is often insufficient or effective due to the number of people in the area.

On Sunday afternoon, rescuers on duty were pushed off their feet in an attempt to deal with all of the injured people at the same time.

These fish tend to move in shallow water, so we are exposed to a lot of simultaneous attacks.

We didn’t expect what happened before summer started here. If people quickly dive into the water they should be fine but the best thing is to take advantage of the shower installed on the beach.

come next 60 people were injured In a mass attack of piranhas in the same river on Christmas Day 2013.

A seven-year-old boy had to amputate part of his finger, leaving the little boy with an open fracture in his hand.

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