"It happened so quick he didn't even know what hit him and he just saw blood start pouring out, and that's when his family helped him back onto shore," first responder Sergio DeLeon told NBC-2. "It looked like multiple bites actually at least two or three bites," DeLeon said of Carsten's lower leg injuries.
Witnesses called emergency services at 4:30pm, and, according to Marco Island Rescue Department division chief David Batiato, gave emergency service operators different accounts of what went down. Marco Island Police, EMTs, and firefighters rushed to the beach, taking Carsten to a hospital. He was treated and released just a few hours later.