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 70-year-old German woman was killed by a shark – suspected to be an Oceanic White Tip – while snorkeling off Sharm El Sheik, the famous Red Sea diving destination on Egypt’s Sinai coast. The incident happened on 5 December 2010 and follows a spate of shark attacks in the same place the week earlier.
The shark reportedly tore a piece out of her thigh and severed her forearm.
Significantly, this fatal attack follows a spate of shark attacks in Sharm El Sheik the week before in which three Russians and a Ukrainian suffered severe injuries.
The attacks sent the resort area, frequented by thousands of diving enthusiasts, into a chaotic frenzy as the 30 miles of beaches were closed and a shark hunt initiated. Speculation was rife that is was a single shark responsible for the attacks. Rumours were flying that various tour operators were chumming the water to attract sharks so tourists could photograph them.
Experts were astounded, saying it is extremely rare for an Oceanic White Tip to come this close to shore and to attack swimmers and snorkelers in this way.
An Oceanic White Tip seen minutes before the first attacks on two of the Russians has been identified as the shark photographed when the German woman was attacked five days later, according to media reports.
Two of the Russians were attacked within minutes of each other in the afternoon of 30 November. The man’s legs were torn by the shark and the woman sustained injuries to her legs and back and had to be resuscitated after rescue.
The following day – 1 December – a woman snorkeler was attacked by a shark at a reef north of the city’s Na’ama Bay. Her arms were bitten off, and she was flown to Cairo for emergency treatment.
And then on 5 December came the fatal attack on the elderly German snorkeler.