This is an update to the original posts
1. http://wp.me/pMcbs-f2 - 17 August 2011
2. http://wp.me/pMcbs-fd – 18 August 2011
Both attacks took place in the Primorsky Krai region, Sea of Japan, Russian Far East. The first one in Telyakovsky Bay and the second one a day later about 30 miles away off Zheltukhin island.
The first victim, who had both his arms bitten off below the elbow, was 25-year-old Denis Udovenko.
He was swimming with his wife. They were swimming out to a small rock formation known locally as Yearning Heart Island.
“It was only about 300 feet,” his wife told Interfax news agency. “About halfway there, Denis noticed something in the water and screamed, ‘Swim faster, it’s a shark.’ ”
“He beat it on the nose, and it heaved him up and then down,” she said.
“Then the shark threw him to the surface.”
They were picked by crew in a boat.
The health ministry said in statement that Udovenko lost a lot of blood and both his arms below the elbow. But he survived.
The second victim was 16-year-old Valery Sidorovich. He was attacked the following day about 30 miles away. He suffered a serious bite wound to the thigh.
Local scientists believe it was most likely a great white, based on witness accounts.
The New York Times reports:
Russians’ blasé attitude toward danger is a source of national pride, and despite the ban on swimming, local news media reported Thursday that beachgoers continued to take to the water.
The local branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry, perhaps expecting that many would flout the ban, posted a shark attack survival guide on its Web site.
“If a shark tries to attack you, fight it off; try to hit it in the eyes and gills,” read one advisory. “Remember,” read another, “panic could lead to tragic results.”