A teenager was killed on Saturday after being attacked by a shark off Australia’s east coast in the second deadly attack this month, police said.
Zach Young, 19, was body boarding with three friends about 100 meters offshore at Riecks Point, near the northern New South Wales city of Coffs Harbour, when he was bitten on the legs, New South Wales police said in a statement. Young’s friends got him back to the beach, and bystanders tried in vain to save him before paramedics arrived, a New South Wales ambulance police spokeswoman said. Young had serious injuries to his legs and suffered cardiac arrest. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Beaches in the area were closed for 24 hours. There was no information immediately available on the type of shark involved. It was the second deadly attack in Australia this month. On Nov. 23, a 35-year-old surfer was fatally mauled by a shark off a beach near the Western Australia community of Gracetown. Three surfers have been killed in Gracetown in the past decade.
At 4:30 in the afternoon on Reunion Island last week, at a beach called Étang-Salé located just south of Saint Leu, tragedy struck. As the sun crept toward the horizon, a 24-year-old bodysurfer, Tanguy, was viciously attacked by a shark 20 yards from the shoreline. His right leg was severed at the thigh and he was rushed to a local hospital, where he is reportedly fighting for his life.
A kite surfer suffered injuries to his right leg and calf in an apparent shark attack incident at Ka’a Point in Central Maui on last Thursday afternoon…
A Southern California woman was recovering Thursday in a Maui hospital after being attacked by a shark.
Evonne Cashman, 56, of Cerritos, was snorkeling off a beach in Wailea when she suddenly felt something sharp and strong grab her, she said.
Evonne Cashman, 56, of Cerritos, survived a shark attack off Maui. “I must have had my hands up in front of my face. I think my head was above water, if I remember correctly,” Cahsman said. “I don’t know because it happened so fast. I didn’t see him coming. I didn’t see him leave,” she said.
The shark’s sharp teeth tore through her chin, her hands and her back.
“He just came and hit me hard and bit me hard,” Cashman said. “Then I just started swimming and swimming. I knew I needed to get help as fast as I could.”
The retired teacher finally reached other snorkelers, who pulled her to shore and put pressure on her wounds until an ambulance arrived. It was the second shark attack off Maui this week.
Apprently the shark was 25 ft!
An Oahu surfer is recovering from a shark bite. He was attacked at White Plains Beach, in Ewa Beach this afternoon. A friend who was with him at the time says the victim was bitten on the leg. They were about 100 feet from the shore when it happened.
“I just see a big tail that’s just as long as him. And it flips him over, goes in the water, and then for a little bit he’s under there. And he comes up and he looks at me and I look at him and we just turn around and we straight paddle straight for the shore,” remembers Paul Spencer.
The surfer was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Officials closed White Plains Beach and Nimitz Beach after the attack.
A young tourist has died after being attacked by a shark as she swam off a beach in northeastern Brazil. Bruna Gobbi, an 18-year-old resident of Sao Paulo, was rushed to the Restauracao hospital in Recife after Monday’s attack.
“She lost a lot of blood” and died of her injuries after her leg was amputated, said a hospital official who asked not to be named. “We knew there were risks of a shark attack but I thought this would occur in a deeper sector,” the victim’s cousin, Daniele Souza, told Globo television.
A total of 58 shark attacks, 28 of them fatal, have been reported over the past 21 years in Recife, one the most popular seaside resorts in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, according to a state agency that has been tracking shark attacks since 1922.
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A 15-year-old French girl on vacation in St. Paul, Reunion was killed in a shark attack while snorkeling in the Indian Ocean. According to the BBC, it is the second fatal shark attack near the island this year.
The Daily Mail reports that the young lady’s body was cut in two at the torso with part of her body taken away with the shark.
“The girls were in an area of St Paul bay where swimming is not allowed. She would have died instantly. The operation to recover the upper part of her body is ongoing,” said Gina Hoarau, the head of public safety on the island.
Previous attacks have been further off the coast on surfers and wind surfers, reports France24, but the young girl was just “a few meters” offshore. A couple weeks prior to the fatal attack, authorities had warned water enthusiasts to be on the lookout.
A woman is recovering from a shark bite that happened in the water off of a North Carolina beach.
According to police in Holden Beach, 63-year-old Barbara Corey of Supply in Brunswick County was bitten on the foot by a shark Thursday afternoon. She was standing in water between three and four feet deep when she felt the bite. Police say she started thrashing in the water before making her way to shore for help.
Corey was hospitalized and is listed in stable condition. There’s no word on what type of shark bit her.