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.


ABC News
Christian Science Monitor
Fox News
ABC News blogs

PIC Source:
Fox News

INJURED – 30 November 2012 – Kihei, Maui, Hawaii – snorkeller bitten

Thomas Floyd Kennedy recovers in a Maui hopsital after being bitten by shark while snorkelling
Thomas Floyd Kennedy recovers in a Maui hopsital after being bitten by shark while snorkelling

Thomas Floyd Kennedy, 61, was bitten on the thigh and lower left leg by a shark while snorkelling off Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. The incident happened around 9.40am about 250 metres offshore near Kihei.

The victim was treated on shore and taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

“Initially it didn’t hurt so much. It was mostly just fear of a second attack,” he was quoted as saying.

He said he was snorkelling with two others. They rode paddle boards to a spot more than 250 metres off the Kihei coastline.

Kennedy said he felt a tug and looked down to see his leg in the shark’s mouth.

“It released me. So I started swimming as fast as I could. I would guess I was a still a hundred yards from my board,” he said. “As I went further, I started to bleed. I could see a string of blood, which was my next concern.”

Crew from Wailea Canoe Club who were in the water at the time helped him to shore.

Kennedy and experts reckon it was 10 foot tiger shark that bit him.

Maui News

Oregon Live

PIC Source:
Screen grab from Maui News video

INJURED – 4 November 2012 – waters off Waiehu Golf Course, Maui, Hawaii – spearfisherman attacked

Marcelino Riglos recovers in hospital after being bitten on the foot by a shark while spearfishing off Maui.
Marcelino Riglos recovers in hospital after being bitten on the foot by a shark while spearfishing off Maui.

Marcelino Riglos, 30, was bitten on the foot by a 12-15 foot tiger shark while spearfishing with a friend in waters about 300 metres offshore of Waiehu Golf Course, Maui, Hawaii.

He was coming up for air when the shark clamped on his right foot and started shaking it from side to side.

“I started whacking it in the face with my hand,” he was quoted as saying. “My foot was dangling and blood was shooting all over the place.

“I thought I was going die out there. (It) was crazy.

With the help of his friend they tied a tourniquet with dive gear to stop the bleeding. They shed their floaters and spear guns, and swam back to shore which took a hair-raising 25 minutes.

He was taken to hospital where he received surgery for his wounds.

Maui News


SCARED – 18 October 2012 — Kahana Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii – Stand-up Paddler Board Bitten


David Peterson shark attack
Dave Peterson of Maui shows off the bite mark from the shark attack on his SUP board

Dave Peterson, 55, had his board bitten by a shark while Stand-up Paddle Boarding off Kahana Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii. The incident happened at about 7.30 am on Thursday 18 October 2012 about 300 metres off shore.

Peterson said he was waiting for another wave when all of a sudden the shark hit his board and knocked him into the water.

He landed on the shark, hit it with his paddle, and pushed it away. He then crawled back up on his board and never saw it again.

He was quoted as saying: “I was actually mad because I thought it was a friend of mine pushing my board out from underneath me.”

Officials did not identify the shark but reckon it was about 6-8 feet long.

Peterson was not injured.

Maui Now

PIC Source:
Maui Now