Posted tagged ‘shark attack’

SCARED – 20 October 2013 — Pila‘a Beach near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii – surfer attacked

30 October, 2013
Jeff Horton shows the shark bite mark on his board after the attack at Pila'a, Kauai.

Jeff Horton shows the shark bite mark on his board after the attack at Pila’a, Kauai.

Jeff Horton, 25, was surfing with 10 others at Pila‘a Beach near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii on Sunday 20 October 2013 when he spotted a dark shape approaching him while he was sitting on his board. He says he thought it was a stingray. He lifted his legs out the water and the shark bit into his board.

“It came flying straight toward me,” he said

He was knocked off his board and fell onto the shark. He grabbed a fin and started punching the shark, which continued to bite onto his board.

“I finally got one nice punch into the eye,” Horton was quoted as saying. “I put some really good hits on it, for sure.”

When he hit it in the eye the shark let go the board and swam away. He was not injured, although his board was left with the typical semi-circular bite mark.

It was not reported what type of shark it was or what size it was.

Sources:
The Garden Island

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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

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JBay News

INJURED – 29 September 2013 – 7km offshore of Ashdod, Israel – diver bitten

17 October, 2013

A commercial diver, not named in press reports, was bitten on the forearm by a shark while working underwater some 7km offshore of Ashdod port in Israel. His diving partner brought him to the surface and was taken to shore where he was evacuated to Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center.

A paramedic who treated him was quoted as saying: “We understood he was working with another friend when a shark popped up suddenly, bit him in the arm and left. His friend pulled him out of the water and brought him by boat to the shore.”

The diver suffered injuries to his forearm down to his palm but was in full consciousness, according to the report on ynetnews.com.

No other details were reported.

Source:
YNetNews

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Bokertov

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

16 October, 2013
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.

Source:
El Correo

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Spanish Tourism and Culture

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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