PENSACOLA, Fla – Aug. 31 was a typical Saturday for new Pensacola resident Bernie Stewart: he launched his kayak in Big Lagoon with a buddy and spent the day fishing. It was a good day on the water; he caught lots of fish, loaded his kayak back onto his truck at sunset and went home. 

© Courtesy of Karianne Logan Karianne Logan and her fiance, Bernie Stewart, pose for a photo before Stewart contracted flesh-eating bacteria while kayak fishing in Big Lagoon.

But about two hours after he got home, Stewart noticed his right leg hurt, and he looked down to see it had turned bright red. 

"I was like, 'wow, I must have gotten a hell of a sunburn,' 'cause it was really red," Stewart said. "And then another 15 to 20 minutes went by and this boil came up out of nowhere, and then I couldn't walk anymore." 

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