Are the Keys Still Safe?
By Hans Doerr, Jp Given, Rylan Driver
On August 13, 2022, a 10 year-old boy named Jameson Reeder Jr, was on vacation and snorkeling at Looe Key Reef in Ramrod Florida Keys. Looe Key Reef is about 5 miles offshore, Jameson was snorkeling at the reef when he saw a shark in the distance. The shark then swam up to him and attacked him viciously. His family says they believe it was an eight-foot bull shark. Bull sharks are known to be one of the most or the most aggressive types of sharks in the world.
He was with his mother at the time of the attack. Once bystanders noticed what was happening, they came over and helped Jameson’s mother get him out of the water safely, and they brought him onto their boat. Jameson was then airlifted to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Unfortunately, part of Jameson’s leg had to be amputated. His uncle said that he is in stable condition and is now recovering. The Reeder family has made a crowdfunding account to help pay for Jameson’s injuries and expenses, and they have received over $50,000 in donations.