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.

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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.

Sources:
Maui News

Oregon Live

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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.

Sources:
Maui News

 

INJURED – 3 April 2012 – Alligator’s Rock surf spot, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii – surfer bitten

Joshua Holley was bitten on the foot by a shark while surfing on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
Joshua Holley was bitten on the foot by a shark while surfing on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Joshua Holley, 28, was bitten on the left foot by a shark while surfing a spot called Alligator’s Reef, close to Leftovers and Chuns reef on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. It is believed to have been a 10 foot tiger shark.

The incident happened around 12.30pm on Tuesday 3 April, 2012.

It is reported Holly was lying on his board waiting for a wave when a shark bit his foot.

Holly told TV media: “It was like this popping sensation on my foot. When I looked down I saw this huge dorsal fin and I saw the tail. And all of a sudden this shark comes around to like the front side of my board. I managed to get hold of his gills and hit it on the side of the nose and then he submerged.”

When he paddled in after the attack he was helped to shore by 2 strangers. He was treated on the beach and taken to Wahiawa General Hospital where he received 42 stitches.

It is reported he was due to be taken to Queens Medical Center to reattach two tendons.

Sources:
Hawaii News Now

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INJURED – 19 January 2012 – The Lagoon, Coral Bay, Western Australia – snorkeller attacked

David Pickering was bitten on the right forearm by a tiger shark while snorkelling at The Lagoon, near Coral Bay, Western Australia

Tour Operator David Pickering, 26, was bitten on the right forearm by what is believed to be a 3-metre tiger shark while guiding a group of snorkellers at The Lagoon, north of Coral Bay in Western Australia.

The incident happened about 100 metres from the shore at around 2pm on 19 January 2012.

According to press reports Pickering suffered tendon damage, but his injuries were not life threatening.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service, which flew in to pick him up, said he suffered some nasty lacerations to his forearm and that he was being taken to Perth for treatment. He was reported in stable condition.

According to press reports, another operator said he highly doubted it would be a tiger shark claiming it was more likely to be a reef shark that bit Pickering since there were thousands in the area.

No other details were immediately available.

Sources:
Perth Now
Sydney Morning Herald

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