FATAL – 25 April 2008 — Solana Beach, San Diego, California, USA – swimmer attacked

Dave Martin, 66, died from extensive injuries after he was bitten on both legs by what is believed to be a Great White shark. The incident occurred while he was swimming with friends from the Triathlon Club of San Diego around 7am at Solana Beach on Friday, 25 April 2008.

One witness said there was a single bite across both legs.

San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Webb said Martin was taken to a lifeguard station for emergency treatment but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography shark expert Richard Rosenblatt was quoted as saying the shark was probably a great white between 3.5 metres and five metres long.
The attack took place about 150 metres offshore. Two swimmers were about 20 metres ahead of the man when they heard him scream for help. They turned around and dragged him back to shore.
Rob Hill, also a member of the triathlon club said he was running on the beach at the time of the attack.
“They saw him come up out of the water, scream ‘shark,’ flail his arms and go back under,” Hill said.
Hill said the flesh was just hanging and he may have bled to death before he left the water.
Associated Press

Agence France Presse

Triathlon club members try to resuscitate Martin
Credit: SkyNews
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