In a very brief report, the Sunday Samoan newspaper reports that a young man was fishing in the lagoon off Upolu island in the Samoan archipelago on Friday afternoon 15 September 2017 when he was attacked by a shark.
The young man from the village of Nofoali’i on the north coast of the island sustained injuries to his hands and legs. A local villager helped him before he was taken to Leulumoega District Hospital in a serious condition.
The villager said: “I’ve been told that the shark came out of nowhere while the young man was trying to get a fish he had caught.”
Ali Mohammad Hamad Al Beloushi, 41, was on a fishing trip in the Arabian Sea 5 nautical miles off Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates, when he took a free dive off the side of the boat. When he surfaced about 3 metres from the boat he was bitten on the right leg by a shark and suffered serious lacerations
His friend, Omar, who was in the boat, shot the shark with a ‘fishing gun’. The shark released Ali who managed to get back in the boat. The two fishermen caught the shark and hauled it to shore. The species of shark was not reported, but they said it weighed about 200kg.
Ali was taken to Khor Fakkan hospital. His brother Hassan said he had “severe bites to his right leg”.
Fisherman Ramon Arufe, 50, was bitten on the arm by a 5 foot mako shark he had caught and hauled onto a 22-metre commercial fishing boat. He suffered lacerations to his bicep and lost a fair bit of blood, according to a report in Spanish newspaper El Correo. The incident took place in the Bay of Biscay 70 miles offshore of the northern Spanish town of Ondarroa in Biscay Province, where the fishing boat Gure Leire, he and some crew were fishing on, is based.
The incident occurred around 8pm on Monday 26 August 2013.
He told the newspaper: “I thought the shark was dead, even gave him three blows and dragged it along the deck,. but then it squirmed and bit me in the biceps.”
After fighting the shark off Arufe slumped to the deck unconscious.
Arufe was losing a lot of blood which prompted the skipper of the boat to radio martime rescue services which evacuated him by helicopter and took him to hospital in Bidasoa district.
The skipper said while they were waiting for the helicopter to arrive, he managed to revive Arufe and apply a tournequet.
“I admit that I was quite calm, but I was afraid, very afraid,” he said. Via radio the rescue personnel gave medical advice. “They told us how to supply an antibiotic that we had in the medicine chest and how to put on an oxygen mask.”
Arufe received treatment and was discharged after spending a night in the hospital.
A 23-year-old fisherman (not named) was bitten on the calf after hooking a nurse shark in the Florida Keys, USA. He got into the water to release it and it bit him on the calf. The incident happened on June 15, 2012.
The brief report says Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a house in Summerland Key. The report adds he was transported to Lower Keys Hospital with only superficial injuries.