The Coast Guard says it rescued a Mississippi man who was bitten by a shark while fishing Saturday near Breton Island off the Louisiana coast.

Petty Officer Tom Atkeson said in a press release that the 56-year-old man from Jackson had been a passenger on a boat called the Predator about 65 miles southeast of New Orleans in Breton Sound.

He says a Coast Guard helicopter rescue crewman was lowered to the boat and brought the man up to the helicopter, which took him to New Orleans. The helicopter was met by an ambulance, which took the man to a hospital.

The Coast Guard did not release the man's name, and Atkeson said he did not know his condition.

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