INJURED – 26 August 2013 – 70 miles offshore of Ondarroa, Bay of Biscay, Spain – fisherman attacked

Posted 16 October, 2013 by Callan
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Spain shark attack on fisherman

Ondarroa, Bay of Biscay, Spain

Fisherman Ramon Arufe, 50, was bitten on the arm by a 5 foot mako shark he had caught and hauled onto a 22-metre commercial fishing boat. He suffered lacerations to his bicep and lost a fair bit of blood, according to a report in Spanish newspaper El Correo. The incident took place in the Bay of Biscay 70 miles offshore of the northern Spanish town of Ondarroa in Biscay Province, where the fishing boat Gure Leire, he and some crew were fishing on, is based.

The incident occurred around 8pm on Monday 26 August 2013.

He told the newspaper: “I thought the shark was dead, even gave him three blows and dragged it along the deck,. but then it squirmed and bit me in the biceps.”

After fighting the shark off Arufe slumped to the deck unconscious.

Arufe was losing a lot of blood which prompted the skipper of the boat to radio martime rescue services which evacuated him by helicopter and took him to hospital in Bidasoa district.

The skipper said while they were waiting for the helicopter to arrive, he managed to revive Arufe and apply a tournequet.

“I admit that I was quite calm, but I was afraid, very afraid,” he said. Via radio the rescue personnel gave medical advice. “They told us how to supply an antibiotic that we had in the medicine chest and how to put on an oxygen mask.”

Arufe received treatment and was discharged after spending a night in the hospital.

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

Posted 23 August, 2013 by Callan
Categories: Americas, grey shark, Pacific, surfer

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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.


Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources

Damon Tucker blog

Stab Mag

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

Posted 23 August, 2013 by Callan
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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.”


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

Posted 17 August, 2013 by Callan
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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.


ABC News
Christian Science Monitor
Fox News
ABC News blogs

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

Posted 12 August, 2013 by Callan
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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.


Transworld Surf
The State

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10-year-old surfer talks to media.
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Posted 12 August, 2013 by Callan
Categories: attacks


Apologies for those people following this blog. We’ve had a bit of a reporting lapse since January. We’re now back online.

You can find a list of shark attacks we missed from January to August 2013 on the “Shark Attack File”

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

Posted 21 January, 2013 by Callan
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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.

Daily Disptach

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