Piranha-Attack in Argentina

In Argentinien gab's über die Feiertage eine größere Attacke einer Piranha-Art auf tausende Badegäste.

A school of carnivorous fish related to the piranha has attacked bathers in an Argentine river, injuring about 70.

Thousands of bathers were cooling off in the Parana River in Rosario, 300km (186 miles) north of Buenos Aires, on Christmas Day when the attack happened. Officials blamed the attack on the palometa fish, describing the event as "exceptional". Paramedics said dozens of people had their extremities attacked and some had lost digits.

Director of lifeguards in Rosario, Federico Cornier, said bathers suddenly began to complain of bite marks on hands and feet as they cooled off in a heat wave. He said the palometa was "a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite".

Carnivorous fish attack bathers in Argentina