Woman rushed to hospital after fish bite on beach as swimmers flee water

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A woman was rushed to hospital after being bitten by a pesky fish which has targeted other tourists.

The middle-aged woman was in the water at El Pinet Beach, south of Alicante in Spain, when she was bitten on her right foot on Monday, August 23.

First-aiders were dispatched to the scene and many others left the water, fearing a blue shark like the one spotted in Benidorm earlier this month.

However, local reports identified the specimen as a bluefish.

They can weigh as much as 13kg [30lbs] and grow to 4ft in some cases.

Bluefish are fast swimmers that prey on schools of forage fish, favouring the likes of anchovies, shrimp and squid.

The aggressive fish are known to inflict severe bites on fishermen.

In August 2019, a Spanish woman was left with a partially severed tendon in her foot after being bitten by a fish described at the time as a bluefish on El Rebollo beach, in the municipality of Elche.

The 40-year-old Spaniard was injured after her five-year-old son had taken a dip in the sea.

Doctors had to put a plaster cast on her leg up to the knee after she went to hospital, and she spent the last day of her holiday on crutches.

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El Pinet Beach was at the centre of another scare in July 2019 when a mystery fish bit two children aged seven and 10.

The red flag went up at both beaches after the incidents.

In the summer of 2006, a seven-year-old girl was bitten by a bluefish at San Juan beach near Alicante.

She suffered injuries to her arm and wrist which required an emergency operation.

It is not yet clear what happened when the woman at the centre of the latest drama went to hospital.

Elche Town Hall and the local police force have yet to make any official comment.

The red flag is understood to have gone up after the fish attack, although it was down to the state of the sea and not the incident itself.

The blue shark seen on August 12 at Benidorm’s Poniente Beach appeared dead at a beach further south in El Campello a few days later.

It had been helped back to sea after its shock appearance in Benidorm.

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