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70 injured in piranha attack in Argentina

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:46 a.m. HST, Dec 27, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina » An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.

Director of lifeguards Federico Cornier said Thursday that thousands of bathers were cooling off from 100-degree temperatures in the Parana River in Rosario on Wednesday when bathers suddenly began complaining of bite marks on their hands and feet. He blamed the attack on palometas, "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite."

Paramedic Alberto Manino said some children he treated lost entire digits. He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water.

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Amazing that people went back into the water. Just like in the horror movies where the victims open the door to take a look at what's going outside when it's better to just keep it locked.
on December 26,2013 | 01:20PM
DaMenace168 wrote:
Hello!!! The name of the river is "Parana"! Sure, the spelling may be different, but the sound is the same.
on December 26,2013 | 02:52PM
pj737 wrote:
Holy shrimp this scampi happening! Those fish were dolphinitely krilling it with all that tasty human bass. Seariously! Not even squidding!! They should check with the state ofishals to get to the bottom of this ocean. If any updates, please let minnow.
on December 26,2013 | 05:03PM
pj737 wrote:
Yes, I copied that from CNN.
on December 27,2013 | 12:03AM
syhud wrote:
Simple answer to this weird event. Global Warming.
on December 27,2013 | 02:28AM
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