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.
Tiffany Johnson, 32, was snorkeling off Athol Island, Bahamas on 2 June 2017 when what is thought to be a tiger shark bit off her right arm below the elbow.
Her husband James had swum back to the boat 10 minutes earlier.
“I just stayed out for a little bit longer because there was a part of the reef I hadn’t seen yet,” she was quoted as saying.
“I was just floating there for the most part. I wasn’t moving my arms and legs very much, because I didn’t want to disturb the fish.
“I didn’t feel any pain. I just felt like I had run into something. I thought I had bumped into something.
“I causally looked to the right and I was face to face with a shark, and he had my arm in his mouth.
“He didn’t struggle at first. He was just kind of sitting there with my arm in his mouth, almost as if he was waiting for me to do something. It was very strange.
“It registered what was going on, so I went to pull my arm back and that’s when the struggle began.
“We struggled for some time, it wasn’t very long, and then I was able to break free because he had taken my arm.”
She threw off her snorkeling gear and screamed for help. Her husband jumped in the water and swam to his wife and met her when she was about halfway back to the boat.
James said: “I looked over there and I just saw blood all over in the water, all around her. She’s saying, ‘help me, help me, Jesus,’ and she’s praying as she’s swimming back with one hand. Her other hand raised above the water. It was just unreal. My biggest concern was to get her back to the boat, hoping and just praying the shark wasn’t following us.”
Once on board the boat they wrapped her severed arm in a towel to stem the bleeding.
It wasn’t until they reached an ambulance that she felt pain. At that point, the pain was excruciating.
The crew rushed her to a local hospital in the Bahamas where doctors performed initial surgery to try to save as much of her arm as possible.
The couple were then flown to Charlotte, North Carolina, US, where Tiffany had further surgery at Carolinas Medical Center.
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”.
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.
Burgert van der Westhuizen, 74, was killed by a shark while swimming off The Point – the lower section of the long world famous surfing point – at Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He was as an experienced open-water swimmer who regularly swam along the coastline of Jeffrey’s Bay, according to press reports.
An eyewitness who paddled out in his 5-metre ski to try to retrieve the body said the shark was longer than his ski and kept returning to take bites from the remaining torso. His legs had been severed. He was unable to retrieve the body as the shark eventually took the remains and dived with it.
The sea rescue service said they later found the remains of the body.
The eyewitness said he had just paddled past him when he saw “the shark come and hit him out the water. Right out the water.”
However, this is not clear as further into his account he says someone on the beach told him there had been a shark attack, when he says he paddled out to where the body was and the shark was circling it and taking bites. He then wanted to try lift the torso onto his ski, but the shark grabbed it and dived, which is when he saw the size of the shark. “It was at least five meters. My ski is 5 meters and it was longer than my ski. I thought ‘no this is not good’ and paddled in.”
You can see a video of his witness account here (interspersed with Afrikaans language news commentary).