Cookie consent

We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of cookies. Tell me more | Cookie preferences

70 people injured in Argentine fish attack

    Just Watched

    70 people injured in fish attack

70 people injured in fish attack 02:08

Story highlights

  • The attack happened at a beach near the city of Rosario, on the Parana River
  • No one was killed
  • Swimmers suffered various injuries, including a girl who lost a part of her finger

Their Christmas Day did not go as planned.

About 70 people were injured Wednesday when a swarm of carnivorous fish attacked at a beach near the city of Rosario, on the Parana River, Argentina's state-run Telam news agency reported.

It described the fish as a relative of the piranha.

No one was killed.

But swimmers suffered various injuries, including a 7-year-old girl who lost a part of one of her pinky fingers, Telam said.

Ricardo Biasatti, sub secretary of Natural Resources for the province of Santa Fe, described the incident to the agency as "isolated and insignificant," when the size of the river is taken into consideration.

    Julian Aguilar, president of a local fisherman's group, also downplayed it, saying the likelihood of such an event happening again was low, as attacks by this type of fish on humans are "occasional."

    The area is a popular swimming spot this time of year in Argentina, where it is summer.

    Python strangles security guard