Published: Jun 06, 2013 4:41 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 06, 2013 5:31 PM EDT

LOWER KEYS, Fla. – A 58-year-old man from Cape Coral is at a Miami hospital with severe injuries after a 4-foot lemon shark bit him on the hand.

The Monroe County Sheriff's office says Walter Kefauver and his 18-year-old nephew, Cody Ellis, were on board an 18-foot Action Craft flats boat in the vicinity of Snipe Point when the incident took place. They had just caught a Bonefish and decided to try to catch a shark. They baited their hook with a piece of Barracuda and managed to hook a 4-foot lemon shark.

After reeling it in to the boat, they were attempting to remove the shark from the hook when it lunged at Kefauver, biting deep into his left hand near his wrist.

Ellis called 911 for help, then brought his uncle into the Shark Key boat ramp where paramedics were waiting. Kefauver was taken to Lower Keys Hospital, then airlifted to Miami. Although the injury was not reportedly life threatening, the damage to his hand was extensive and the local hospital was not equipped to handle its treatment.