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2 INJURED – 7 September 2013 – New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA – swimmer and surfer bitten

16 October, 2013
New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach

Two people were nipped by a shark on the same day at New Smyrna Beach Volusia County, Florida, USA. The incident occurred on 7 September 2013.

A 25-year-old man was bitten on the shin around 4pm while swimming in waist deep water and a minute later a 43-year-old surfer was bitten on his foot.

The two victims had only minor injuries. They were treated by Ocean Rescue and then left on their own to seek medical treatment.

It is thought the same 3-foot shark bit both victims as the bites occurred less than 100 meters apart, according to the report.

Source:
Orlando Sentinel

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Wikipedia

INJURED – 2 September 2013 – Ormond Beach, Orlando, Florida, USA – swimmer bitten

16 October, 2013
Raushod Floyd, 17, was bitten on the shoulder by a shark while swimming in waist deep water off Ormond Beach

Raushod Floyd, 17, was bitten on the shoulder by a shark while swimming in waist deep water off Ormond Beach

Raushod Floyd, 17, was bitten on the shoulder by a shark while swimming in waist deep water off Ormond Beach, Orlando, Florida, USA, on 2 September 2013. He sustained minor lacerations

Floyd said he had no idea what hit him until he saw the blood and the teeth marks left behind.

“When it hit me, it just like hit me in my neck and I just fell underwater,” said Floyd.

“I just looked at my shoulder and I just saw blood dripping down out of my shoulder,” said Floyd.

He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach where he received 30 stitches.

No other details were reported.

Source:
Click Orlando
WFTV

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WFTV

 

INJURED – 28 August 2013 – Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, USA – boogie boarder bitten

16 October, 2013
Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.

Riley Breihan, 11, suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel from a shark bite.

An 11-year-old girl, Riley Breihan, was bitten by a small shark while boogie boarding in knee deep water. She suffered minor lacerations to the lower left calf and heel.

She is told WESH TV after the incident: “I just think it is a miracle that none of my toes came off or like a chunk of meat came off.”

She said it hurt and she ran out of the water. Bystanders scooped her up and her grandparents took her to the hospital.

Doctors pulled out a small shark tooth embedded in her leg.

Source:
WESH TV

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WESH TV

INJURED – 18 August 2013 – Dead Trees, Pohoiki Beach, Big Island, Hawaii – surfer bitten

23 August, 2013
Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi shark attack

Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi recovers in hospital after being bitten by a shark in Hawaii

Another shark attack in Hawaii…

Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi, 16, was bitten on the legs by a shark while surfing at Dead Trees, Pohoiki Beach, Big Island, Hawaii, according to a report from the Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The incident happened around 1.30pm on Sunday, 18 August 2013.

He sustained multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to his lower extremities. He was treated on the scene before being transported to Pahoa Fire Station, and he was then air lifted to Hilo Medical Center.

A report and interview in Stab mag says it was a grey shark about 8-10 feet long.

His mom is quoted in the interview as saying:

He was out there with a couple of friends and… he was chosen. He got bitten as he was going to take off, he was trying to get up, and on his way up, the shark bit him and pulled him under. He went under two times. He tried to punch the shark, and then he started to swim away.

Read the full interview in Stab mag.

Sources:

Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources

Damon Tucker blog

Stab Mag

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Stab Mag

UPDATE: Woman who lost her arm in Maui shark attack dies

23 August, 2013

In an update to the SharkAttackMonitor Report posted 17 August 2013 — news reports say Jana Lutteropp died in hospital a week after the shark attack off Palauea Beach in Makena, Maui, Hawaii in which she lost her arm.

“Jana fought hard to stay alive,” her relatives said on Wednesday. “However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today.”

Sources:
CNN

INJURED – 14 August 2013 – Palauea Beach, Makena, Maui, Hawaii – snorkeler attacked

17 August, 2013
Rick Moore

Rick Moore on Palauea Beach. He swam out and rescued the shark attack victim.

A 20-year-old German woman, Jana Witteropp, was snorkeling in 15- to 20-foot-deep water off Palauea Beach in Makena, Maui, Hawaii when a shark bit off her right arm below the shoulder. The incident occurred around 5pm on Wednesday, 14 August 2013.

It was  unclear what type of shark was responsible for the attack.

A witness – Rick Moore, 57 – who was on the beach at the time told media “we heard this blood-curdling scream”.

“We looked out and there was blood everywhere in the white water around her.”

He put on his flippers and swam out to her. He said when he was “about 10 feet from her, I saw her floating on her back, with no arm. It was completely severed from her body.”

“All she had hanging out on her right arm was her bone, and she kept saying these words, ‘I’m dying, I’m going to die. I kept saying ‘No you’re not, you’re not, I’m going to get you to shore, I’m going to save you.’”

ABC News reports he put her other arm around his neck and did backstroke back to the beach – about 100 metres away.

“It dawned on me — I was in danger now. The shark is around me and she’s bleeding. I start praying out loud, ‘God, God protect us.’

“She was starting to lose consciousness.”

“I started crying out to God and I got this burst of strength,” said Moore, who is also a pastor. “I swam toward the shore.”

His friend was waiting in neck deep water and helped Moore take the woman out of the water with the use of a bystander’s kayak which they used as a stretcher to carry her up a trail leading to the street. She was drifting in and out of consciousness.

Another witness called 911. A policeman arrived with a tourniquet. And then an ambulance took her to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

 Sources:

ABC News
Christian Science Monitor
Fox News
ABC News blogs

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Fox News

BUMPED – 11 August 2013 – The Washout, Folly Beach, South Carolina, USA – surfer’s board bitten

12 August, 2013
Folly Beach shark attack

Surfer talks to media after his board was bitten by a bull shark during a surf contest.

A 10-year-old surfer (not immediately named in press reports) had his board bitten by what is presumed to be a 6-8 foot bull shark while surfing in a contest at The Washout on Folly Beach in South Carolina. The incident happened around 5.30pm on Sunday 11 August 2013.

A witness on the beach said the shark got tangled in his leash. The shark then latched onto his board. The boy managed to undo his leash and swim away from the board. He was not injured.

Two other surfers swam out an helped the boy to shore.

The contest — the S.C. Governor’s Cup of Surfing – was stopped and postponed to September.

Sources:

Transworld Surf
The State
WISTV

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10-year-old surfer talks to media.
Screen grab from video on WISTV