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.
Adrien Dubosc, 28, was bitten in the right thigh and groin area by a shark (species not identified – though it was likely a bull shark or tiger shark) while body boarding with two friends at Pointe au Sel, on Reunion island in the Indian Ocean. The attack happened on Saturday morning 29 April 2017.
Pointe au Sel is a short distance south of the well-known St Leu surf spot.
The attack came two months after one of his best friends, Alexandre Naussac, 26, was killed by a shark at a nearby beach.
Dubosc was a shark enthusiast and member of Shark Watch Patrol, whose job it is to keep an eye out for sharks while people surf and swim. The Shark Watch Patrol was set up as the number of shark attacks on Reunion has increased dramatically with 21 attacks, nine of them fatal, in the past six years.
“The young man was in the water with two friends, when a shark attacked him, biting his right thigh, and his groin area.
“The victim was pulled out of the water, and emergency workers arrived very quickly. Despite cardiac massage, he died within half an hour of the attack,” police were quoted as saying.
Burgert van der Westhuizen, 74, was killed by a shark while swimming off The Point – the lower section of the long world famous surfing point – at Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He was as an experienced open-water swimmer who regularly swam along the coastline of Jeffrey’s Bay, according to press reports.
An eyewitness who paddled out in his 5-metre ski to try to retrieve the body said the shark was longer than his ski and kept returning to take bites from the remaining torso. His legs had been severed. He was unable to retrieve the body as the shark eventually took the remains and dived with it.
The sea rescue service said they later found the remains of the body.
The eyewitness said he had just paddled past him when he saw “the shark come and hit him out the water. Right out the water.”
However, this is not clear as further into his account he says someone on the beach told him there had been a shark attack, when he says he paddled out to where the body was and the shark was circling it and taking bites. He then wanted to try lift the torso onto his ski, but the shark grabbed it and dived, which is when he saw the size of the shark. “It was at least five meters. My ski is 5 meters and it was longer than my ski. I thought ‘no this is not good’ and paddled in.”
You can see a video of his witness account here (interspersed with Afrikaans language news commentary).
Reports with few details say Alexandre Rassica, 22, a resident of La Reunion, died from his wounds after a shark bit through his leg while he was surfing at popular surf spot Trois-Bassins, on Reunion island.
According to media other surfers managed to bring him to shore but were unable to resuscitate him after he suffered a cardiac arrest.
He was surfing 100 metres offshore when the attack took place on Monday morning 23 July 2012.