INJURED — 24 June 2006 — Mangrove Cay, Andros, Bahamas — diver attacked

Fisherman Whitefield Rolle, 25, lost his right arm when he was attacked by a shark while spear fishing at Mangrove Cay, Andros, Bahamas. The attack occurred around 1pm on Saturday 24 June, according to a brief report in the Nassua Guardian on 28 June.

Sergeant David Thompson of the Police Station was quoted as saying Rolle had “speared a snapper and went to retrieve it. And while doing that a shark passed at the same time and caught him in the right arm.”

Rolle was airlifted into New Providence hospital in Nassau around 4 pm that afternoon.

Sergeant Thompson told the newspaper that the attack was the first of its kind to occur in the Mangrove Cay fishing community to his knowledge.

No further details about the nature of the attack, Rolle’s condition — whether his arm was severed in the attack or whether it had to be amputated — or size and species of the shark were reported.

Nassau Guardian

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