An unidentified man suffered minor lacerations to both his legs when he was bitten by 4-5 foot bull shark while swimming at nude-bathing Haulover Beach, Florida, US.
The incident happened on Sunday 9 July 2017, after the shark was spotted and a lifeguard alerted swimmers to get out the water. The swimmer was bitten while exiting the water.
He made it to shore on his own and was treated by paramedics before being taken to Aventura Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“We went ahead and controlled the bleeding with pressure bandages. It was able to be controlled that way. We packaged him ready for transport by fire rescue,” Lt. Grace Mangas with Miami-Dade Fire Ocean Rescue, was quoted as saying.
According to officials, this is the first reported shark attack at Haulover Beach.
Liya Sibili, 20, was killed by a shark while swimming at Second Beach, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The incident took place on Christmas Day 25 December 2012.
The beach was crowded with holidaymakers for the Christmas vacation. A witness on the beach said he saw the shark swim among the bathers.
“People were trying to get out the water after the lifeguards spotted
something in the water. I saw the tail of something really big grab the boy, the water started boiling and later it went red,” he was quoted as saying.
According to press reports people refused to listen to lifeguards who asked them not to enter the water after the attack. They went back in regardless – while lifeguards continued to search for the body. It was not recovered.
Lifeguard Fernando Cárdenas García, 32, died in hospital from his wounds after being attacked by a shark as he tried to free his rubber dingy which had become entangled in rope in high surf. He’d dived overboard to cut the rope when the shark bit him on the leg. The wound extended to his buttock and calf.
The incident occurred around 11.30am on November 22, 2012 off Nuevo Altata, Sinaloa, Mexico.
The lifeguard was rescued by his companions and taken to hospital, but he succumbed to his wounds.
Torugbene-Ere Aboh, 38, was bitten on the leg by a shark while bathing in the Forcados River in Oboro Community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria.
Details are a bit sketchy, but she is quoted as saying: “Shortly after I started bathing, I felt a sharp cut on my right leg and I screamed for help. The screaming drew the attention of my brethren who were also in the river and they came to my rescue.
“I was immediately taken to a nearby patent medicine shop, where I was given 12 stitches before I was later taken by my husband, to a private clinic at Bomadi, for proper medical treatment.”