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.
“I knew I had to get to shore quick or I would have been dead,” she told the press. “You have superhuman strength that you don’t know you had until something like that happens to you. It’s a primal thing. You just do it.”
Peteka managed to get to shore where she bled profusely and became light-headed.
“I just started screaming, ‘Help me, I’m going to die,'” Peteka said.
A nearby resident heard her cries, called 911 and wrapped a towel above the wound.
She was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center.
An orthopedic hand surgeon at the hospital, Dr. Thomas Saylor, said her hand was “shredded”, adding that it appeared the shark shook her wrist from side to side.
“Her bite wounds are pretty traumatic,” Saylor said. “It’s a devastating injury.”
Her injuries to her left hand and wrist included 20 torn tendons and
ligaments, a severed artery, two fractured bones and nerve damage.
Doctors found a piece of shark tooth wedged in her wrist bone.
“It’s going to keep me out of the water,” Peteka said. “I love swimming with a passion. But now, I can’t look at it. I can’t think about it. I don’t know that I can ever go back again.”
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.”
Abe McGrath, 35, was surfing with friends early on Sunday morning, 10 September 2017, at Main Beach, Iluka, New South Wales, Australia when he was attacked by a 3.5 metre Great White shark.
The incident happened around 6am. McGrath was lying on his board about 300m north of the Illuka Wall.
The shark attacked from underneath and flung McGrath into the air. His board was snapped in half with the impact. McGrath landed back in the water and was fortunate to come away with a torn wetsuit and relatively minor lacerations to his right hip.
“He was laying on his board and he got attacked from below really aggressively, the force of the attack snapped his board,” McGrath’s friend Bryce Cameron, who was on the beach and about to head into the water when the attack occurred, said.
“The impact lifted him up. The shark was coming from the deep and hit (Abe’s board) with its nose and opened its mouth and latched on the board.
Cameron said shark got most of the board in its mouth.
“He [McGrath] got a good look at it. He said it was a 3.5m white pointer. In the big scheme of things that is a juvenile but it is still big enough to kill.”
McGrath said the shark circled him after the attack and then swam off.
With the help of his friend Elijah ‘Hobbit’ Colbey, he retrieved one half of his surfboard and paddled to shore. His friends drove him to Ballina Hospital and he was then flown to Lismore Hospital, New South Wales, for further treatment and discharged Sunday night.
Cameron was on the beach during the attack and said if McGrath had been sitting on the board instead of lying on it when the shark struck, he would have lost his leg.
Cameron posted this on Instagram: “Life could of been very different this morning…. so stoked to still have our mate and not witness something far worse. Our arrival to iluka this morning, @abemcgrath hit by a juvenile white pointer. So stoked to see him able to limp up the beach.”
“Abe was left floating in the water with a couple of teeth marks on his body. He scrambled in the water and got washed in by the next wave.”
“He is pretty much the luckiest man on earth right now,” Cameron said.
“He was stoked, he wasn’t in shock yet, he was really happy to be alive and in front of his mates. We were all giving him big hugs and felt pretty lucky to have him there.”
Colbey, the only other surfer in the water with McGrath at the time, was quoted as saying:
“We were 50m apart and it was just me and him out there.
“A good wave rolled past, we were both watching it, and then I looked back and saw Abe skimming across the water splashing.
“Then I hear f**k off, f**k off and then my nickname Hobbit being called out.
“I started paddling towards him for help and then my mind clicked to it being the worst possible outcome.”
“I grabbed his two broken bits of surfboard and we looked at each other and counted our blessings that we could actually walk away.
“He was very stoked to be able to walk up the beach with me … we could look back on it and be very stoked but also shaken up and in shock.”
Paul Goff, 48, was bodyboarding 30 metres off Casuarina Point in Bunbury, Western Australia, when a 4-metre great white shark knocked him off his board and then returned and bit his board before disappearing.
Paul made it to shore uninjured, but he was treated for shock. He did not need to be taken to hospital.