Nguyen Minh Tuan was attacked and bitten two times on his left arm by what is believed to be a shark, while swimming 100 metres off the beach at Quy Nhon Town, Binh Dinh province, Vietnam. The incident happened around 6.45am local time on Saturday 9 January 2010.
He was rescued by a nearby fisherman and underwent surgery at the local Army Medical Hospital No.13.
Tuan told media the fish had grey and rough skin, and looked like it weighed 20-30 kilogrammes.
Around 5pm the same day another man, Mang Duc Hanh, was attacked by a shark while swimming in the same area off Quy Nhon Town.Hanh was bitten twice on his right wrist, damaging arteries and nerves. He was transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital from the local Binh Dinh General Hospital on Monday morning 11 January due to critical nature of his injuries.
Thanh Nien also reported the shark attacked a local woman causing minor injuries. However, no other details were reported.
The newspaper reported that since last July (2009) around 10 people “have fallen victim” to the “fish” at Quy Nhon beach.