INJURED – 9 May 2012 – Vero Beach, Florida, US – swimmer bitten

Karin Ulrike Stei is treated by paramedics on Vero Beach after being bitten by shark
Karin Ulrike Stei is treated by paramedics on Vero Beach after being bitten by shark

Karin Ulrike Stei, 47, suffered a serious wound on her left thigh after being bitten by a shark while swimming in waist-deep water about 30 metres from shore at Vero Beach in Florida, United States. The incident happened around 11.30am on Wednesday, 9 May 2012.

According to press reports the shark bite left her with a 12-inch gaping hole in her thigh. It severed the femoral artery and exposed the bone. A pool of blood formed around her in the water.

A lifeguard helped bring Stei to shore.

Karin Ulrike Stei is treated by paramedics on Vero Beach after being bitten by shark
Karin Ulrike Stei is treated by paramedics on Vero Beach after being bitten by shark

A witness to the shark attack, 58-year-old Dave Daniels heard Stei’s cry for help and dashed into the water to help her. He reached her as the lifeguard grabbed her and her leg came to the surface with the gaping wound.

“That is when I got scared. It was amazing the damage that was done.” He is quoted as saying.

He said he told her to keep her head in the water so she wouldn’t see the wound and possibly “begin flailing around”.

Fortunately a rescue helicopter was flying past the scene at the time and one of the flight paramedics noticed the blood in the water. She was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce and underwent emergency surgery.

On Friday 11 May she was reported in a stable condition in intensive care. There was some speculation whether she would be able to keep her leg.

It was not known what type of shark was responsible for the bite wound.

International Business Times
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Daily Mail


INJURED – 29 November 2011 – Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia – surfer bitten

Tabanan surf spot - shark attack site
The Tabanan surf spot in Bali - the site of a shark attack on 29 November 2011

Australian Mark Andrews, 18, was bitten on the right hand by a shark while surfing with friends at Tabanan in Bali, Indonesia. The incident happened about 1.30pm on Tuesday 29 November 2011.

A brief media report said the teenager received surgery at the Bali International Medical Clinic, but that the wound was not serious and that he was expected to make a full recovery.

No details about the size or species of shark were reported.

The Telegraph

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Pondok Pitaya Surfer Hotel


INJURED – 12 November 2011 — Del Chifre beach, Olinda, Brazil – surfer bitten

Jerônimo Pereira da Paz, 35 said that he was bitten on both legs by a shark while surfing off the beach of Del Chifre in Olinda, Brazil.

He said he felt the bite when he was preparing to catch another wave. “I remember being very nervous, he bit my leg and let go.”

The incident took place on Saturday afternoon, 12 November 2011.

Jerônimo paddled to shore and was taken to the Hospital Miguel Arraes in Paulista.

He suffered injuries to both of his legs and his surfboard was damaged.

The right leg had only minor injuries, but the wound on the left side was more severe – about 30cm long – and required surgery. He was hospitalised for two days, according to press reports..

Apparently the victim had ignored a surfing ban that had been put in place to prevent shark attacks in this region.


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INJURED — 20 May 2010 – Quy Nhon beach in central Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam — swimmers attacked

A brief report appeared in the Vietnam News says:

A shark attacked two people at Quy Nhon beach in central Binh Dinh Province 20 May 2010.

Truong Thi Tanh, a 60-year-old resident of Quy Nhon’s Ghenh Rang Ward, was bitten by the shark at about 6:00 am while she was swimming some 15m from the shore in Quy Nhon City.

Tanh cried for help and was brought ashore to safety by soldiers. She was later taken the Military Hospital No 13 in Quy Nhon City.

Nguyen Thi Thu Thao, a 52-year-old resident in Nguyen Van Cu Ward, was later attacked by a shark which left a minor wound on her right leg.

Thao, who was also taken to the same hospital, said the shark attacked her when she was only 5m from the shore.

According to Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper, 20 people have been attacked since September 2009 while swimming in the waters off the central coast.

No other details were reported.

Sources: Vietnam News