INJURED – 17 August 2011 – Telyakovsky Bay, Khasan, Primorye, Far East Russia – swimmer attacked
A report, thin on detail, says a 25-year-old man (not named) had both his arms bitten off below the elbows by a shark while he was swimming in the Sea of Japan in Telyakovsky Bay in the Khasan district of Primorye region in the Russian far east.
According to the report the attack took place about 50 metres offshore. He was also bitten on “other body parts”.
Khasan is close to the Russia-North Korea border southwest of Vladivostok. Experts say shark attacks in this region are extremely rare.
The man survived the attack, but was reportedly unconscious in serious condition in intensive care in a hospital in the Khasan district.
A witness helped the victim to get out of the water and also called rescue workers and medics, according to Interfax, the Russian news agency.
An expert was quoted as saying the shark attack was most likely related to feeding grounds as anchovies move towards shallower, warmer waters at this time of year.
No other details were reported.