Archive for the ‘swimmer’ category

FATAL – 11 October 2013 – The Point, Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa – swimmer attacked

17 October, 2013
Burgert van der Westhuizen, 74, was killed by a shark while swimming off The Point at Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa.

Burgert van der Westhuizen, 74, was killed by a shark while swimming off The Point at Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa.

Burgert van der Westhuizen, 74, was killed by a shark while swimming off The Point – the lower section of the long world famous surfing point – at Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He was as an experienced open-water swimmer who regularly swam along the coastline of Jeffrey’s Bay, according to press reports.

An eyewitness who paddled out in his 5-metre ski to try to retrieve the body said the shark was longer than his ski and kept returning to take bites from the remaining torso. His legs had been severed. He was unable to retrieve the body as the shark eventually took the remains and dived with it.

The sea rescue service said they later found the remains of the body.

The eyewitness said he had just paddled past him when he saw “the shark come and hit him out the water. Right out the water.”

However, this is not clear as further into his account he says someone on the beach told him there had been a shark attack, when he says he paddled out to where the body was and the shark was circling it and taking bites. He then wanted to try lift the torso onto his ski, but the shark grabbed it and dived, which is when he saw the size of the shark. “It was at least five meters. My ski is 5 meters and it was longer than my ski. I thought ‘no this is not good’ and paddled in.”

You can see a video of his witness account here (interspersed with Afrikaans language news commentary).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUV1GrjYXf0

It was not reported what type of shark it was.

Sources:
IBTimes

News24

PIC Source:
JBay News

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

PIC Source:
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

PIC Source:
WFTV

 

FATAL – 25 December 2012 – Second Beach, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape, South Africa – swimmer attacked

21 January, 2013
Swimmers at Second Beach, Port St Johns, South Africa - the day after the fatal shark attack.

Swimmers at Second Beach, Port St Johns, South Africa – the day after the fatal shark attack.

Liya Sibili, 20, was killed by a shark while swimming at Second Beach, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The incident took place on Christmas Day 25 December 2012.

The beach was crowded with holidaymakers for the Christmas vacation. A witness on the beach said he saw the shark swim among the bathers.

“People were trying to get out the water after the lifeguards spotted
something in the water. I saw the tail of something really big grab the boy, the water started boiling and later it went red,” he was quoted as saying.

According to press reports people refused to listen to lifeguards who asked them not to enter the water after the attack. They went back in regardless – while lifeguards continued to search for the body. It was not recovered.

Second Beach is now notorious for fatal shark attacks. There have been seven deadly attacks in the past 7 years. The two previous fatal shark attacks took place on 15 January 2012 (SharkAttackMonitor report) and 15 January 2011 (SharkAttackMonitor report).

There was no report of what type of shark it was and no other details were reported.

Sources:
Daily Disptach

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Daily Disptach

FATAL – 22 November 2012 — Nuevo Altata, Sinaloa, Mexico – lifeguard attacked

21 January, 2013
Nuevo Altata, Sinaloa, Mexico

Nuevo Altata, Sinaloa, Mexico

Lifeguard Fernando Cárdenas García, 32, died in hospital from his wounds after being attacked by a shark as he tried to free his rubber dingy which had become entangled in rope in high surf. He’d dived overboard to cut the rope when the shark bit him on the leg. The wound extended to his buttock and calf.

The incident occurred around 11.30am on November 22, 2012 off Nuevo Altata, Sinaloa, Mexico.

The lifeguard was rescued by his companions and taken to hospital, but he succumbed to his wounds.

No other details were reported.

Sources:
The Mazatlan Messenger

PIC source:
Playas de Altata

INJURED – 10 October 2012 — Forcados River, Delta State, Nigeria – bather bitten

21 January, 2013

Torugbene-Ere Aboh, 38, was bitten on the leg by a shark while bathing in the Forcados River in Oboro Community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria.

Details are a bit sketchy, but she is quoted as saying: “Shortly after I started bathing, I felt a sharp cut on my right leg and I screamed for help. The screaming drew the attention of my brethren who were also in the river and they came to my rescue.

“I was immediately taken to a nearby patent medicine shop, where I was given 12 stitches before I was later taken by my husband,  to a private clinic at Bomadi, for proper medical treatment.”

No other details were reported.

Sources:
Vanguard

INJURED — 27 October 2012 – Makena Landing Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii — swimmer bitten

7 December, 2012

A shark attacked a 51-year-old woman from California about 20 metres off Makena Landing Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii. The incident happened on Saturday 27 October 2012. The woman was not named in press reports.

According to a report in Maui News the shark was estimated to be between 10 and 12 feet long, but the species was unknown.

The woman suffered non life-threatening injuries, including puncture wounds to her right inner thigh and lacerations to the front and back of her right hand from pushing the shark away.

The newspaper reported she was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.

Sources:
Maui News