Man dies from shark bite while night swimming – 4 November 2017 – Guardalavaca, Cuba

Guardalavaca beach, Cuba - fatal shark attack
Guardalavaca beach, Cuba

A 22-year-old man (unidentified) died of his wounds after a shark bit his left leg while he was having a night swim with 5 friends just three metres off Guardalavaca beach in Cuba.

The incident occurred around 11pm on Saturday 4 November 2017.

According to reports he repeatedly called out to his friends: “Get me, a shark is biting me!.”

The shark bit into the man’s left thigh severing the femoral artery.

Some reports say his friends hit the shark with a bottle and managed to wrestle the man out of the shark’s jaws.

The group helped get the victim to shore where others helped carry him to the nearby International Health and Tourism Clinic of Guardalavaca.

However, the man died within minutes before he could be taken to a hospital.

Dr Enrique Remedios Contis, who received the patient at the clinic, was quoted in local media as saying the shark attack victim “had a wide and deep bite from a marine animal on his left thigh that must have affected the femoral artery”.

The species of shark was not identified, but it is suspected it could have been a bull shark, which are common in Cuban waters.

According to SharkAttackData – the last fatal shark attack in Cuba was in 1957. The last non-fatal shark attack in Cuba was in 2009.


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INJURED – 2 June 2017 — Athol Island, Bahamas – snorkeler’s arm bitten off

Tiffany Johnson and her husband James following surgery after her forearm was severed in a shark attack.
Tiffany Johnson and her husband James following surgery after her forearm was severed in a shark attack.

Tiffany Johnson, 32, was snorkeling off Athol Island, Bahamas on 2 June 2017 when what is thought to be a tiger shark bit off her right arm below the elbow.

 

 

Her husband James had swum back to the boat 10 minutes earlier.

“I just stayed out for a little bit longer because there was a part of the reef I hadn’t seen yet,” she was quoted as saying.

“I was just floating there for the most part. I wasn’t moving my arms and legs very much, because I didn’t want to disturb the fish.

“I didn’t feel any pain. I just felt like I had run into something. I thought I had bumped into something.

“I causally looked to the right and I was face to face with a shark, and he had my arm in his mouth.

“He didn’t struggle at first. He was just kind of sitting there with my arm in his mouth, almost as if he was waiting for me to do something.  It was very strange.

“It registered what was going on, so I went to pull my arm back and that’s when the struggle began.

“We struggled for some time, it wasn’t very long, and then I was able to break free because he had taken my arm.”

She threw off her snorkeling gear and screamed for help. Her husband jumped in the water and swam to his wife and met her when she was about halfway back to the boat.

James said: “I looked over there and I just saw blood all over in the water, all around her. She’s saying, ‘help me, help me, Jesus,’ and she’s praying as she’s swimming back with one hand. Her other hand raised above the water. It was just unreal. My biggest concern was to get her back to the boat, hoping and just praying the shark wasn’t following us.”

Once on board the boat they wrapped her severed arm in a towel to stem the bleeding.

It wasn’t until they reached an ambulance that she felt pain. At that point, the pain was excruciating.

The crew rushed her to a local hospital in the Bahamas where doctors performed initial surgery to try to save as much of her arm as possible.

The couple were then flown to Charlotte, North Carolina, US, where Tiffany had further surgery at Carolinas Medical Center.

Watch video of Tiffany Johnson’s account of the attack.

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