A woman visiting from out-of-town has been bitten by a shark off the beach in front of the Driftwood Resort, according to fire rescue officials.
She is being airlifted to Lawnwwod Medical Center and Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, according to authorities.
The attack happened around noon Wednesday, according to Vero Beach police.
Recreation Director Rob Slezak said double red flags are being flown at all the city beaches and people are being told not to go into the water. County officials have been notified.
Slezak said the woman lost a significant amount of tissue after being bitten in the upper thigh. She was about 20 to 30 yards off the shore when the incident happened.
“The only thing that we know is that she screamed ‘shark,’ ” said Slezak when asked if anyone else had spotted the shark.
He said a lifeguard brought the woman into shore and stabilized her until paramedics from Indian River Fire Rescue arrived.