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.