A 63-year-old woman is presumed to have been “taken” by a large shark while swimming off the coast of Australia Thursday, police told CNN. Christine Armstrong was swimming with a group of friends off a beach in Tathra in New South Wales when she complained and headed back to shore, Police Inspector Jason Edmunds said.
The rest of the group, including her husband, later saw a shark, estimated to be about 11 feet long, swimming near them, causing them to bunch together for safety.
They swam back to the beach club, but found no trace that Armstrong made it back.
Edmunds said that another witness on some nearby rocks spotted a large shark attacking something in the water roughly 150 yards offshore, which he believed to be a swimmer.
The popular beach is now closed for a safety assessment, but an extensive search of the area failed to find Armstrong or signs of the shark.
20-year old Dylan Fugitt was out surfing with his brother Casey when he accidentally kicked a shark. The shark bit Dylan’s foot. According to Casey “ He’s alright, it just tagged him to the bone he’s going to keep his toes they’re stitching him up right now.” There were 23 shark attacks in Florida last year.
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.
UPDATE: Graphic Video here