Kauai surfer bitten on hand by shark – 9 October 2017 – Davidson’s Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Mitch Milan, 54, was surfing at Davidson’s surf spot, near Kekaha on Kauai island, Hawaii, in the evening of 9 October 2017 when he was bitten on his left hand by a shark. He suffered serious lacerations which required 50 stitches.

“I was outside of the waves, just waiting for a set wave to come in, and all of a sudden, my worst nightmare. Any surfer’s worst nightmare,” he’s quoted as saying by Hawaii News Now.

“I don’t know how I got my hand out of its mouth but all of a sudden, I’m on my back and then the thing kind of swings around and it’s looking at me, and I’m just going, ‘Please God, let me live.

“I’m backpedalling and trying to get my board back from him because he had it in his mouth. It’s like, ‘What do you do?’ ” he said.

Mitch Milan's board with chunk missing from shark bite.
Mitch Milan’s board with chunk missing from shark bite.

The shark – thought to be 10-foot Tiger shark – bit his hand and took a chunk out of his board.

The attack occurred at 6.30pm, at dusk, a time notorious for shark activity when they are thought to come inshore to feed.

Milan was surfing with Gary Watkins, who paddled over to try to help. But when Watkins arrived, Milan pulled his board away from the shark, by its leash, and caught a wave to shore.

Watkins said he saw the shark next to him while he waited 30 seconds for another wave. “Then a wave came to me and I just bombed out of there,” he said. “It was done.”

Milan said that despite excessive bleeding in the moments after the attack, he made it to shore purely on adrenaline, and sought help at a local hospital.

“I consider myself very, very blessed to be alive,” he said. “That’s the one thing, when you’re looking at this creature that wants to eat you.”

A French surfer was bitten by a shark at the same spot on 14 April 2017.



SCARED – 20 October 2013 — Pila‘a Beach near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii – surfer attacked

Jeff Horton shows the shark bite mark on his board after the attack at Pila'a, Kauai.
Jeff Horton shows the shark bite mark on his board after the attack at Pila’a, Kauai.

Jeff Horton, 25, was surfing with 10 others at Pila‘a Beach near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii on Sunday 20 October 2013 when he spotted a dark shape approaching him while he was sitting on his board. He says he thought it was a stingray. He lifted his legs out the water and the shark bit into his board.

“It came flying straight toward me,” he said

He was knocked off his board and fell onto the shark. He grabbed a fin and started punching the shark, which continued to bite onto his board.

“I finally got one nice punch into the eye,” Horton was quoted as saying. “I put some really good hits on it, for sure.”

When he hit it in the eye the shark let go the board and swam away. He was not injured, although his board was left with the typical semi-circular bite mark.

It was not reported what type of shark it was or what size it was.

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INJURED – 18 August 2013 – Dead Trees, Pohoiki Beach, Big Island, Hawaii – surfer bitten

Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi shark attack
Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi recovers in hospital after being bitten by a shark in Hawaii

Another shark attack in Hawaii…

Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi, 16, was bitten on the legs by a shark while surfing at Dead Trees, Pohoiki Beach, Big Island, Hawaii, according to a report from the Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The incident happened around 1.30pm on Sunday, 18 August 2013.

He sustained multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to his lower extremities. He was treated on the scene before being transported to Pahoa Fire Station, and he was then air lifted to Hilo Medical Center.

A report and interview in Stab mag says it was a grey shark about 8-10 feet long.

His mom is quoted in the interview as saying:

He was out there with a couple of friends and… he was chosen. He got bitten as he was going to take off, he was trying to get up, and on his way up, the shark bit him and pulled him under. He went under two times. He tried to punch the shark, and then he started to swim away.

Read the full interview in Stab mag.


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UPDATE: Woman who lost her arm in Maui shark attack dies

In an update to the SharkAttackMonitor Report posted 17 August 2013 — news reports say Jana Lutteropp died in hospital a week after the shark attack off Palauea Beach in Makena, Maui, Hawaii in which she lost her arm.

“Jana fought hard to stay alive,” her relatives said on Wednesday. “However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today.”


INJURED – 14 August 2013 – Palauea Beach, Makena, Maui, Hawaii – snorkeler attacked

Rick Moore
Rick Moore on Palauea Beach. He swam out and rescued the shark attack victim.

A 20-year-old German woman, Jana Witteropp, was snorkeling in 15- to 20-foot-deep water off Palauea Beach in Makena, Maui, Hawaii when a shark bit off her right arm below the shoulder. The incident occurred around 5pm on Wednesday, 14 August 2013.

It was  unclear what type of shark was responsible for the attack.

A witness – Rick Moore, 57 – who was on the beach at the time told media “we heard this blood-curdling scream”.

“We looked out and there was blood everywhere in the white water around her.”

He put on his flippers and swam out to her. He said when he was “about 10 feet from her, I saw her floating on her back, with no arm. It was completely severed from her body.”

“All she had hanging out on her right arm was her bone, and she kept saying these words, ‘I’m dying, I’m going to die. I kept saying ‘No you’re not, you’re not, I’m going to get you to shore, I’m going to save you.’”

ABC News reports he put her other arm around his neck and did backstroke back to the beach – about 100 metres away.

“It dawned on me — I was in danger now. The shark is around me and she’s bleeding. I start praying out loud, ‘God, God protect us.’

“She was starting to lose consciousness.”

“I started crying out to God and I got this burst of strength,” said Moore, who is also a pastor. “I swam toward the shore.”

His friend was waiting in neck deep water and helped Moore take the woman out of the water with the use of a bystander’s kayak which they used as a stretcher to carry her up a trail leading to the street. She was drifting in and out of consciousness.

Another witness called 911. A policeman arrived with a tourniquet. And then an ambulance took her to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.


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