Published On: Thu, Oct 24th, 2019

Shark News: Woman suffers horrific wounds as both hands are ’ripped off’ in shark attack | World | News

The 35-year-old woman had joined a group of other tourists on a a whale-watching trip on Monday in the French Polynesia. The woman was swimming in the sea, just off the island of Mo’orea, when she was attacked by an oceanic whitetip shark. The shark bit off both her hands and ripped off one of her breasts in a ferocious assault, as the rest of the group looked on in horror.

The attack happened right in front of the woman’s family, including her six-year-old son.

Miraculously, she was still conscious when she was pulled out the sea.

She was attended to by two nurses who were part of the group, something which might have helped save her life.

The boat carrying the group returned to the hotel jetty, before the woman was rushed to hospital on the neighbouring island of Tahiti by helicopter.

She is reported to be in a serious but stable condition.

Jean-Jacques Riveta of the local emergency fire service said: “Luckily for her, there were two nurses on the scene who could deliver first aid.

“When we got to the hotel jetty, she was conscious but in critical condition.

“She had lost a lot of blood and both her hands had been cut off at the forearm and her left breast was ripped off.”


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The steamship was sunk off the coast of South Africa during World War 2 in 1942, with only 192 out of the original 1,000 crew surviving.

Eyewitness accounts from survivors described an almighty “feeding frenzy” as the brown sharks attacked the sailors waiting in the water for rescue.

The shark is described as being bold, unpredictable and opportunistic by marine biologists and should be avoided at all costs.

This latest attack comes after a 45-year-old man from Hawaii was reported to have been killed by a shark, whilst diving this month off the coast of Kailua-Kona.

In August a 21-year-old US holidaymaker Jordan Lindsey was snorkelling off Rose Island in the Bahamas when she was attacked and eaten by two tiger sharks.

Despite the gory nature of these latest incidents, shark attacks are relatively rare.

According to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File, there were 66 confirmed cases of unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, with four fatalities in 2018.

Statistics for 2019 will be revealed at the end of the year, but so far the Museum say there have been 40 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, which is close to last year’s numbers.

The total number of unprovoked shark attacks in the waters of French Polynesia is just six since 1580.

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