INJURED – 29 May 2012 – Boca de la Leña, La Unión, Mexico – diver bitten
Benigno Medina Navarrete, 46, lost his left hand when a shark bit him while he was fishing. He nearly lost his entire left forearm in the attack while was diving with his friend off Boca de la Leña in La Unión, Mexico. It is not clear if he was spearfishing. Some reports say he was fishing, some say he was diving.
His friend helped him ashore, placed a tourniquet on his arm and then took him to Hospital General de Lázaro Cárdenas where he underwent emergency surgery.
He told media he is thankful his friend got him to hospital quicky which saved his life.
He said: “I felt a sharp pain, but I held strong … and I asked God, ‘Help me … I still want see my children and my family.’”
The incident happened around 9am on 29 May 2012.
Some reports say it was a bull shark about 3 metres long.