Home | National | More than 60 people injured in a mass piranha attack as they go for a Christmas day swim

More than 60 people injured in a mass piranha attack as they go for a Christmas day swim

Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • More than 20 children among injured when meat-eating fish attacked
  • Piranha fish hunt in packs and can strip a carcass in seconds
  • Swimmers were cooling down as temperatures in the city are 100 degrees

By Gerard Couzens

PUBLISHED: 07:36 EST, 26 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:08 EST, 26 December 2013



A mass piranha attack left sixty people injured as they enjoy a Christmas Day swim in an Argentine river.

Dozens of bathers including more than 20 children were bitten by the shoal of meat-eating fish during the surprise attack.

A seven-year-old girl lost part of one of her fingers and a young boy was left with an open fracture in his hand.

The Parana river in Rosario, where the fish attacked scores of swimmers

The Parana river in Rosario, where the fish attacked scores of swimmers

Other swimmers suffered deep cuts to their ankles, fingers and hands.

The attack happened on Christmas Day on a popular beach on the Parana River in the city of Rosario, birthplace of Barcelona striker Messi.

Swimmers trying to cool down in 100 degrees temperatures raced out of the water bleeding from wounds and shouting for help while the parents of children in the water rushed to their aid to drag them to safety.

Coastguards called paramedics so they could assist the most seriously injured before police temporarily closed off the beach, forcing people out of the water who continued to swim despite the danger.

The city of Rosario in Argentina, where the swimmers were attacked on Christmas Day

The city of Rosario in Argentina, where the swimmers were attacked on Christmas Day

The attack, blamed on a piranha cousin called palometas, was the most serious of its kind in the city since 2008 when 40 swimmers were hurt.

Paramedic Gustavo Centurion described them as 'very aggressive.'

The meat-eating fish are reported to have been attracted to the coast by debris left by local fishermen.

Local government spokesman Ricardo Biasatti described the attack as a rarity.

He said: 'This sort of event in this area is absolutely sporadic.
'It was the conjunction of two factors, a shoal that passed very briefly through an area full of people.'





Colorado News

Get the latest Colorado news, sports, weather, entertainment, business & political news and more from Colorado Newsday.
  • Email to a friend Email to a friend
  • Print version Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Rate this article


Photo Galleries

PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity Awkward family photos 
UPDATED: Faces of Meth PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter

More galleries ››

  1. Spoiled’ teen takes parents to court (1.00)

  2. Terms of Service (0)

  3. Colorado Newsday Privacy Policy (0)

  4. Kim Kardashian denied access to Vanity Fair party (0)

  5. Russian troops threaten to shoot Ukrainian soldiers in tense stand-off (0)

  6. Drunk tractor driver decapitates three people in head-on crash (0)

  7. Boxer vows to fight on – after 51st defeat in row (0)

  8. Forbes rich list names world’s youngest billionaires (0)

  9. Nordic diet volunteers lost three times as much weight as others  (0)

  10. Father of four gunned down by police who claim he was armed and suicidal - which his family deny (0)

  11. Spotted in Primark at 15, the single mum who is the new Naomi Campbell (and is making millions after leaving her drug dealer lover)  (0)

  12. Woman is killed along with her three children and boyfriend in plane crash near Erie airport   (0)

  13. The puppy who got a second chance: Heart-warming story of near ferial abandoned dog who became a lovable pet after being rescued and given a little TLC (0)

  14. 'I was desperate to have a baby'. Aussie mum gives birth 3 years after husbands death  (0)

  15. Louisiana TV host shot dead by son-in-law who was also believed to be his lover in alleged murder-suicide attempt (0)

  16. Pregnant woman drives kids into ocean in Florida (0)

  17. Oprah Winfrey tells Lindsay Lohan to ‘cut the bull****’ in trailer for new reality show Lindsay (0)

  18. Denver Man Michael McGinley threatened to kill wife in phone call at DA’s office (0)

  19. Couple stole little girl's iPod in Aurora (0)

  20. Former director of Breckenridge Film Festival Dawna Foxx given 5 years for embezzling $300K (0)

  21. Knee injury to sideline Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan 6-8 weeks (0)

  22. Jennifer Lawrence victim of hacker who leaks slew of graphic nude photos of Oscar winning actress and 'dozens of A-listers' (0)

  23. How to eat exhaustion away: In part two of our unmissable series on beating tiredness, a top GP reveals the three week diet plan that'll have you bouncing out of bed again  (0)

  24. Fight your fear: Revolutionary 'four dimensional free fly' roller coaster that will flip riders in their seats as they plunge off drops at 54mph (0)

  25. The Great War Soldiers saved by a pocket Bible, a whistle and a camera: Incredible stories of how three heroes cheated death revealed for the first time (0)

  26. Doctors fear stroke could leave Joan Rivers as 'either a vegetable or in a wheelchair' as they begin process to bring her out of coma which will take until Tuesday (0)

  27. Hero's welcome as NASCAR champ Tony Stewart returns to a standing ovation just THREE weeks after killing fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr... before he hits a wall (0)

  28. 'We're all lucky to be alive': Miracle baby born in middle of fatal flood which destroyed family's home and wiped away half a town almost one year ago (0)

  29. The curse of having wonky eyebrows: Uneven brows get worse as you age - now there's a cunning way to straighten them  (0)

  30. Millionaire couple follow Pope's call on rescue boat to help desperate migrants - and on its first voyage they save hundreds of Syrians and Palestinians sinking in the Mediterranean (0)

  31. 'I am the most drunk Democrat in Texas': Gov. Rick Perry says tweet that disparaged district attorney convicted for drunk driving was 'unauthorized' (0)

  32. 'She jumped on my head and was screaming at me.' : Brave moggy saves its owner from burning home. (0)

  33. 'The colour of his skin is of no concern - Jonah being a healthy and happy baby is what matters': White child is born to black mother - beating odds of a million-to-one (0)

  34. The citizen agents of 'Project Washtub' (0)

  35. Phil Hartman's third wife Brynn Hartman wrote vitriol-filled letter to his second wife Lisa Strain (0)

  36. Boston has the worst drivers in America, according to Allstate America's Best Drivers Report (0)

  37. Mexican university prank backfires when woman pulls GUN on students attempting to haze her  (0)

  38. Girls from Rio de Janeiro slum enjoy fairy-tale evening in debutante ball sponsored by local police (0)

  39. 'It seems as if I lack the Kennedy charm': Intimate letters by a teenage Bobby Kennedy show how he worried about his love life and admired big brother John  (0)

  40. SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: I've had my fill of your cuisine, says US envoy: Ambassador makes a dig at Britain with sly remark about traditional roast lamb (...and says he prefers Ferrero Rocher) (0)

  41. Barack Obama urged to take decisive action against ISIS (0)

  42. McDonald's has been forced to open its first ever turquoise coloured restaurant... but it's not the fast food giant's only unusual store  (0)

  43. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images show extreme close ups of plaque, incisors and decay (0)

  44. Three American captives held in North Korea say their plight is 'urgent' and beg U.S. government for help in new interview (0)

  45. California high school drops controversial snarling 'Arab' mascot and belly-dancing genie sidekick - but keeps the nickname (0)

  46. A cosmic canine accessory! Soviet dog spacesuit to be auctioned - and it could fetch more than £6,000 (0)

  47. Hong Kong pro-democracy activists pepper-sprayed as they disrupt Communist official's speech (0)

  48. Iraqi TV's cartoon satire on terror, ISIS, and jihadis (0)

  49. Revealed: David Bowie's first US tour was a disaster because he forgot to get a work visa and couldn't play gigs  (0)

  50. Israel under fire for 'largest West Bank land grab in 30 years' as soldiers swoop on 1,000 acres of Palestinian territory  (0)