Posted tagged ‘shark bite’

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.

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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.


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INJURED – 30 October 2012 – North Jetty, Humboldt , Eureka, California, USA – surfer bitten

8 November, 2012

Scott Stevens’ board showing the chunk bitten out of it by a shark. Stevens suffered lacerations to his left torso.

Scott Stevens, 25, suffered serious wounds to his left torso from a shark bite while he was surfing at North Jetty, Humboldt, Eureka, California, United States. The shark is thought to be a great white.

The incident occured on Tuesday 30 October 2012.

He said he was catching waves about 150 metres from fellow surfers at Bunkers, a popular surf spot near Humboldt Bay.

The shark dragged him under the water and shook him around a bit. Stevens then punched the shark several times in the head, which made it release its grip and swim away. He managed to retrieve his board and paddle back to shore, where other surfers helped stem the bleeding and wave down a truck which took him to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery to stitch the wounds.

Stevens told the Lost Coast Outpost in a podcast interview:

“I went in the water for a surf about 10am. I had just caught a wave and was paddling back out when the shark came out of nowhere. It grabbed my torso from behind and dragged me underwater and shook me a couple of times.

“I opened my eyes underwater and saw the shark grabbing onto me. I punched it a couple of times in the head and it released me and swam off.

“I recovered my board (the shark had severed the leash)  and managed to paddle to shore on my own.”

Scott Stevens shows where he was bitten by a shark.

He was shouting for help.

“The support of other surfers was amazing. They waved down a truck which took me to hospital. And they put pressure on the wound the whole time to stop bleeding.” One of the surfers actually lay across his torso to put pressure on the wound and stem the bleeding.

He told the Times Standard that when he opened his eyes under water he saw a lot of blood.

“When I reached the beach, I realised how injured I was and how much blood I was losing.”

“I was in shock. I really didn’t feel much, didn’t feel too much pain, until I woke up this morning,” he said.

He said from the time of attack to ER it took about 20 minutes – “An amazing response which helped a lot.”

”Those guys are heroes,” he said.

He said he received lacerations from the top of hip to his upper chest. The surgeon who stitched up the wounds said there were seven to eight deep lacerations, but fortunately the shark did not open the chest cavity and damage any internal organs.

“At the moment it happened I was truly scared for my life. I didn’t know if I was going to make it or not.

“Now I am a little bummed that my surfboard is damaged,” he said from his hospital bed at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California.

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INJURED — 16 September 2012 — Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA — surfer bitten

18 September, 2012

A 52-year-old surfer (not identified) was bitten by a shark on the feet while surfing off Cocoa Beach,Florida, USA.

A very brief report says the incident happened about 4 pm on Sunday 16 September 2012. It added he suffered lacerations on both feet but managed to get to shore.

No other details were reported.


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INJURED – 8 September 2012 – 22nd Street, South Beach, Miami, USA – swimmer bitten

18 September, 2012

Miami Beach

A swimmer (not identified) was bitten on the right knee while swimming in waters off 22nd Street, South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA.

He was treated at Florida’s Ryder Trauma Center.

A doctor at the centre said it was a “pretty significant bite. It went most of the circumference around his calf”.

No other details were reported.


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INJURED — 6 September 2012 – E Street, St. Augustine Beach, Florida, USA — surfer bitten

18 September, 2012

Paramedics treat Andrew Birchall foot after he was bitten by a shark while surfing at St Augustine Beach, Florida, US.

Andrew Birchall (age not reported) was bitten on the foot by a shark while surfing at E Street in St. Augustine Beach, Florida, USA. The incident happened around 11.30am on Thursday 6 September 2012.

Birchall told the press he had just “caught a good wave” and jumped in the water when the shark bit his foot. He was in shallow water and managed to rip his foot from the shark’s mouth. Surfers nearby helped him to shore.

“There was blood everywhere,” he said.

Paramedics took him to Flagler Hospital, where he underwent several hours of surgery to repair some torn tendons.

Surgeons found a shark tooth in the wound.

Birchall said he did not see the shark. It was not known what species it was.

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INJURED – 15 August 2012 – Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States – swimmer bitten

17 August, 2012

A man (name not released) suffered minor lacerations to his leg from a shark bite while swimming near Gulf State Park Pier, Gulf Shores, Alabama. The incident happened around mid-morning Wednesday 15 August 2012. He was reportedly in waist deep water at the time of the attack.

He was treated at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley where he received stitches to close the wounds.

No other details were reported.