SCARED – 20 October 2013 — Pila‘a Beach near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii – surfer attacked

Posted 30 October, 2013 by Callan
Categories: Pacific, surfer

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Jeff Horton shows the shark bite mark on his board after the attack at Pila'a, Kauai.

Jeff Horton shows the shark bite mark on his board after the attack at Pila’a, Kauai.

Jeff Horton, 25, was surfing with 10 others at Pila‘a Beach near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii on Sunday 20 October 2013 when he spotted a dark shape approaching him while he was sitting on his board. He says he thought it was a stingray. He lifted his legs out the water and the shark bit into his board.

“It came flying straight toward me,” he said

He was knocked off his board and fell onto the shark. He grabbed a fin and started punching the shark, which continued to bite onto his board.

“I finally got one nice punch into the eye,” Horton was quoted as saying. “I put some really good hits on it, for sure.”

When he hit it in the eye the shark let go the board and swam away. He was not injured, although his board was left with the typical semi-circular bite mark.

It was not reported what type of shark it was or what size it was.

Sources:
The Garden Island

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FATAL – 11 October 2013 – The Point, Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa – swimmer attacked

Posted 17 October, 2013 by Callan
Categories: Africa, swimmer

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Burgert van der Westhuizen, 74, was killed by a shark while swimming off The Point at Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa.

Burgert van der Westhuizen, 74, was killed by a shark while swimming off The Point at Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa.

Burgert van der Westhuizen, 74, was killed by a shark while swimming off The Point – the lower section of the long world famous surfing point – at Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He was as an experienced open-water swimmer who regularly swam along the coastline of Jeffrey’s Bay, according to press reports.

An eyewitness who paddled out in his 5-metre ski to try to retrieve the body said the shark was longer than his ski and kept returning to take bites from the remaining torso. His legs had been severed. He was unable to retrieve the body as the shark eventually took the remains and dived with it.

The sea rescue service said they later found the remains of the body.

The eyewitness said he had just paddled past him when he saw “the shark come and hit him out the water. Right out the water.”

However, this is not clear as further into his account he says someone on the beach told him there had been a shark attack, when he says he paddled out to where the body was and the shark was circling it and taking bites. He then wanted to try lift the torso onto his ski, but the shark grabbed it and dived, which is when he saw the size of the shark. “It was at least five meters. My ski is 5 meters and it was longer than my ski. I thought ‘no this is not good’ and paddled in.”

You can see a video of his witness account here (interspersed with Afrikaans language news commentary).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUV1GrjYXf0

It was not reported what type of shark it was.

Sources:
IBTimes

News24

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JBay News

INJURED – 8 October 2013 – Poison Creek, Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia – diver attacked

Posted 17 October, 2013 by Callan
Categories: Australasia, diver, great white

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Greg Pickering, 55, is evacuated to hospital. He suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from a a great white shark attack.

Greg Pickering, 55, is evacuated to hospital. He suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from a a great white shark attack.

Greg Pickering, 55, suffered ‘substantial’ wounds to his torso and minor wounds to his face from an attack by what is thought to be great white shark while diving for abalone off Poison Creek in Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia. The incident occurred about 10.30am on Tuesday 8 October 2013.

It is not the first time Pickering has been attacked by a shark. In 2004, Pickering survived an attack by a 1.5m bronze whaler while spearfishing with a friend near Cervantes.

The crew of a nearby abalone boat dragged him from the water and tried to stem the bleeding. They rushed him to shore from where he was evacuated to Esperance Hospital where he was treated for bite wounds. A Royal Flying Doctor Service plane then transported him to Jandakot airport from where he was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital. Pickering underwent a 10-hour surgery at the hospital. He was discharged on 15 October.

Sources:
The Australian

NineMSN

The West 

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The West 

INJURED – 29 September 2013 – 7km offshore of Ashdod, Israel – diver bitten

Posted 17 October, 2013 by Callan
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A commercial diver, not named in press reports, was bitten on the forearm by a shark while working underwater some 7km offshore of Ashdod port in Israel. His diving partner brought him to the surface and was taken to shore where he was evacuated to Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center.

A paramedic who treated him was quoted as saying: “We understood he was working with another friend when a shark popped up suddenly, bit him in the arm and left. His friend pulled him out of the water and brought him by boat to the shore.”

The diver suffered injuries to his forearm down to his palm but was in full consciousness, according to the report on ynetnews.com.

No other details were reported.

Source:
YNetNews

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Bokertov

2 INJURED – 7 September 2013 – New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA – swimmer and surfer bitten

Posted 16 October, 2013 by Callan
Categories: Americas, surfer, swimmer

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New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach

Two people were nipped by a shark on the same day at New Smyrna Beach Volusia County, Florida, USA. The incident occurred on 7 September 2013.

A 25-year-old man was bitten on the shin around 4pm while swimming in waist deep water and a minute later a 43-year-old surfer was bitten on his foot.

The two victims had only minor injuries. They were treated by Ocean Rescue and then left on their own to seek medical treatment.

It is thought the same 3-foot shark bit both victims as the bites occurred less than 100 meters apart, according to the report.

Source:
Orlando Sentinel

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Wikipedia

INJURED – 2 September 2013 – Ormond Beach, Orlando, Florida, USA – swimmer bitten

Posted 16 October, 2013 by Callan
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Raushod Floyd, 17, was bitten on the shoulder by a shark while swimming in waist deep water off Ormond Beach

Raushod Floyd, 17, was bitten on the shoulder by a shark while swimming in waist deep water off Ormond Beach

Raushod Floyd, 17, was bitten on the shoulder by a shark while swimming in waist deep water off Ormond Beach, Orlando, Florida, USA, on 2 September 2013. He sustained minor lacerations

Floyd said he had no idea what hit him until he saw the blood and the teeth marks left behind.

“When it hit me, it just like hit me in my neck and I just fell underwater,” said Floyd.

“I just looked at my shoulder and I just saw blood dripping down out of my shoulder,” said Floyd.

He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach where he received 30 stitches.

No other details were reported.

Source:
Click Orlando
WFTV

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WFTV

 

INJURED – 28 August 2013 – Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, USA – boogie boarder bitten

Posted 16 October, 2013 by Callan
Categories: Americas, body boarder

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Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.

Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.

An 11-year-old girl, Riley Breihan, was bitten by a small shark while boogie boarding in knee deep water. She suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel.

She is told WESH TV after the incident: “I just think it is a miracle that none of my toes came off or like a chunk of meat came off.”

She said it hurt and she ran out of the water. Bystanders scooped her up and her grandparents took her to the hospital.

Doctors pulled out a small shark tooth embedded in her leg.

Source:
WESH TV

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WESH TV


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