INJURED – 2 June 2017 — Athol Island, Bahamas – snorkeler’s arm bitten off

Tiffany Johnson and her husband James following surgery after her forearm was severed in a shark attack.
Tiffany Johnson and her husband James following surgery after her forearm was severed in a shark attack.

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.

Watch video of Tiffany Johnson’s account of the attack.



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 – 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

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UPDATE – Seychelles FATAL shark attack – 1 August 2011

This is just a brief update to this story which has received a lot of attention on the SharkAttackMonitor.

The Shark Attack File names the victim who died following a shark attack at Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles as Nicolas Virolle, age 36.

From a series of witness accounts it is clear that he was snorkelling off Anse Lazio on Praslin island, Seychelles when the attack took place around 3.30pm on Monday 1 August 2011.

It is not known what species of shark it was or how big it was.

He suffered a massive bite to his left thigh – from the knee to the hip exposing the bone. He was brought ashore by two Seychellois in a small boat. It appears he died from blood loss before an ambulance could get to the scene.

Some locals say the shark was attracted into the bay by fish waste that was thrown overboard from boats anchored off Anse Lazio.

INJURED – 4 July 2010 – 2 Mile Reef, Sodwana Bay, Zululand, South Africa – snorkeler attacked

Sarah Haiden, 21, was attacked by a shark and bitten on the lower left leg while swimming off Sodwana Bay in northern Zululand on Sunday, 4 July 2010.

According to media reports fought off the shark while snorkelling 2km offshore at Two Mile Reef.

She was quoted as saying: “While the guys were diving a friend and I were snorkelling. My friend got back into the boat and I was swimming to the buoy where the divers had gone down. I started swimming back to the boat when I felt something bump me. At first I thought one of the divers was playing a joke on me but realised that they were too deep to have come up so quickly.

“The next thing I saw this shark in front of me as it went for my legs. I kicked out at it as I had heard that you should try and kick them in the face to chase them away. It grabbed my left leg, and I kept kicking and screaming like a banshee. Luckily, for some reason it let go of my leg and swam away.”

According the skipper of the dive boat, when the boat was about 20 metres away from her they heard her screaming and saw her being pulled under the water. They also saw a shark fin break the surface near her.

She was pulled into the boat and given first aid and then taken to shore and transported to nearby Mseleni Hospital and later transferred to the Bay Hospital in Richards Bay.

She was due be discharged on 8 July.

Source: IOL