Paddle boarder knocked off board, bitten by shark – 25 July 2017 – Ascension Island, Atlantic Ocean

Kawika Matsu, 37, from Hawaii, was paddle boarding about 90 metres from shore in English Bay on Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean when what he says was a 12-14 foot great white shark knocked him off his board and bit him several times. He suffered severe injuries to his right shoulder, torso and leg.

English Bay, Ascension Island
English Bay, Ascension Island

Bleeding profusely, he managed to get back on the board and wait to be rescued. The island rescue service brought him ashore and he was taken to the local hospital.

His mother was quoted as saying: “As he was trying to get back on the board, that’s when [the shark] came back and got him on the right buttocks and chomped a big portion off and again, a little bit of the thigh.”

He spent several days in the island hospital, before being flown to Florida, United States for further treatment.

His mother said members of the tiny island community donated blood to save Kawika, but, because of the its remote location, it took three days to fly him to a mainland hospital.

His older brother was quoted as saying: “My brother was a strong swimmer. We grew up in Hawaii and are watermen – second generation surfers and very comfortable in the water. He was well aware of the amount of sharks there.”

Daniel Schempp, commander of the US Air Force unit on Ascension was quoted as saying: “He sustained critical bite wounds to his torso and is lucky to be alive, only kept so by the heroics of the small US and UK medical teams on the island, and because of the donated blood supplies of volunteers.”

  • A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay his medical bills.

 

 

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Shark bites kayaker’s ski – FRIGHTENED – 11 July 2017 – Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, US

Steve Lawson points out where the Great White shark bit his ski off Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California
Steve Lawson points out where the Great White shark bit his ski off Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California

Steve Lawson was kayaking outside the kelp beds at the Steamer Lane surf spot in Santa Cruz when a great white bit the front of his ski and knocked him into the water.

The incident happened just before 11am on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

He told the press he used his marine radio to call for a rescue from the Harbor Patrol, but he had to tread water for a few minutes.

“It felt like I hit a rock. I looked in front of me and there was a shark biting the front of my boat. When it let go it knocked me sideways and I fell out.

“I spent a little time in the water swimming around. I panicked, everyone panics. There’s a shark in the water, but he didn’t come back. He wasn’t interested in me,” he told NBC Bay Area.

According to some reports he had tried to get back into his kayak but couldn’t.

The Harbour Patrol showed up and pulled him out of the water.

The bottom of the kayak showed shallow cracks and damage from the shark’s bite.

“Attacks like these are extremely rare in Santa Cruz County, and we are so thankful that the kayaker was uninjured,” Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley was quoted as saying.

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Shark bites surfer’s board – SURFER SCARED – 7 July 2017 – Nahoon Reef, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Zoe Steyn shows her board with the shark bite from great white a Nahoon Reef, South Africa
Zoe Steyn shows her board with the shark bite

Zoe Steyn, a teenager, was surfing Nahoon Reef, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on Friday afternoon, 7 July 2017, when a 2.5m-3m Great White shark bit into her board and pulled it from under her. She was not injured.

According to a report in the Daily Dispatch, adaptive surfing champ JP Veaudry, who was in the water at the time ‘swam towards the screaming teen after the shark pulled the board out from beneath her’. He paddled with her to the surfer’s walkway across the reef and helped her ashore.

“My first thought was to get out of there, but I couldn’t just leave her. She said she didn’t know if she’d been bitten. I paddled with her to the slipway and when we got out she said it hadn’t bitten her. But I saw it bit her board in exactly the place where her arm could have been.”

Tristan Wantenaar, 33, who was bodyboarding a few metres in front of Zoe at the time of the attack said he heard her scream and turned around to see the large dorsal fin of the shark thrashing.

“It grabbed her board and thrashed it from side to side. She was trying to get back on her board to get out of the water.”

Zoe was uninjured in the incident.

The shark attack sparked a debate on the Zigzag surf mag forum about whether it was an encounter or an attack.

Zoe’s dad comments on Zigzag forum:

Zoë is my daughter. She is as passionate about the environment as she is about surfing. The declining shark population is of great concern to her! She will be back in the water tomorrow for our local trials. We are very grateful that her encounter/ attack (call it what you will), left her unscathed. Also, all you guys who rushed to her aid and paddled back to shore with her are just awesome! That’s the spirit we try and instill in our children, and testimony to the camaraderie in the surfing community!! We are truly grateful!!!


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SCARED – 10 June 2017 — Casuarina Point, Bunbury, Western Australia — bodyboarder bumped off his board

Paul Goff, 48, was bodyboarding 30 metres off Casuarina Point in Bunbury, Western Australia, when a 4-metre great white shark knocked him off his board and then returned and bit his board before disappearing.

Paul Goff was knocked from his bodyboard by a 4-metre great white which then bit the board.
Paul Goff was knocked from his bodyboard by a 4-metre great white which then bit the board.

Paul made it to shore uninjured, but he was treated for shock. He did not need to be taken to hospital.

Benny Dreg of Dreg Surf Photography made this video of Paul coming ashore.

Paul Goff was knocked off his bodyboard by a 4 metre great white
Paul Goff and his bodyboard

“I had a hit from under the board that knocked me up into the air and sent my body back towards the beach, [and] the board towards the ocean.

“The shark came up between me and the board, and went towards the board…. I pulled the leash off my wrist, let go of my bodyboard, and turned and started paddling towards the beach.

“I was 30 metres out, knowing that I was the only one still in the water and not knowing where the shark was.”

“I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the white wash.”

Police said the shark was chased away by three local dolphins.

Paul said he won’t let this incident keep him away from the surf.

“The chances of it happening twice to the same person, you’d have to say are zero. So I think I’m good.”

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INJURED – 29 April 2017 – Keurbooms, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa – surfer

A 14-year-old boy (name withheld in local media because of his age) sustained minor lacerations to his right calf after he was bitten by a shark while he was surfing with two others at The Waves surf spot on Keurbooms beach, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. The incident took place around 5pm on Saturday 29 April 2017.

 

 

Shark researchers suspect that it was a 2-metre great white shark, going by the size of the bite marks.

He was treated by NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) medics and by paramedics on the scene for lacerations to his right calf before being transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.

According to media reports, the teenager was surfing with two other surfers. At the take-off zone he turned to catch a wave when he saw a fin approaching him; he felt a bump and he felt a bite on his right calf.

He caught a wave to the beach where he was met by his father, who had witnessed the incident, and bystanders who aided and called paramedics.

There had been several sightings of sharks in the bay the day before, prompting the NSRI to issue a warning to surfers and swimmers.

“The increase in shark inshore presence at this time of the year is part of the normal aggregation of these animals. Sharks are aggregating in this area at this time, as they have done in previous years, to take advantage of naturally occurring prey like seals and fish close inshore,” the NSRI said in a statement.

 

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