Snorkeler bitten by a shark

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A snorkeler has been bitten by a shark in English Bay off Ascension Island. A British woman identified as Frankie Gonsalves and her husband were exploring the waters April 22 near the shore of English Bay. Ms. Gonsalves, who is a member of the Saint Helena government, was bitten by a shark on her leg around 4 p.m. Her husband Dean swam to her aid and began punching the shark, which was reported to have turned on him. Gonsalves was treated at the Georgetown Hospital before being airlifted to the…

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Shark Bite reported in South Carolina

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A shark bite has been reported in South Carolina on April 20. An unidentified man was on his morning swim at DeBordieu Beach when he felt something bite his left foot. He was able to kick his foot to free and swim back to shore. Midway Fire Rescue was notified of the incident at 8:50 a.m. and responded to the scene. The man’s non-life threatening injury was consistent with a shark bite and he was taken to Georgetown Memorial Hospital for treatment. The injury consisted of puncture wounds and a…

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Teenage girl has died after being bitten by a shark

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A teenage girl has died after being bitten by a shark in Western Australia on April 17. Laeticia Brouwer was surfing with her father just before 4 p.m. at Kelp Beds near Wylie Bay in Esperance when she was said to have been drug under water when her left leg was bitten off at the hip by a suspected great white shark. According to 7 News Perth reports, the 17-year-old’s mother and two sisters saw the attack from the beach. Brouwer’s father and another teen were able to take Brouwer…

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*Graphic* Shark bites surfer’s foot in St. Augustine, Florida

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A shark bit a surfer’s foot in St. Augustine, Florida April 12. Kerry Keyton was enjoying the waves on St. Augustine Beach, just south of the St. Augustine pier when she went into the water. “I was off my board in the water and I was trying to get back on my board and something just hit me. “ she told News4Jax. The shark had grabbed the Palatka resident’s right foot. “It felt like my foot was just like, in a hole, which didn’t make sense,” she said. She was able to…

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Scuba diver killed in fatal shark attack?

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A scuba diver died April 12 after what may have been a shark attack in waters off KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The unidentified 68-year old man was diving with a charter group near Shelly Beach and Port Edward, but when the group surfaced, divers realized one man had disappeared. Private boats in the vicinity were notified of the missing diver and began searching the area. The National Sea Rescue Institute and Police Search Rescue were contacted at 1:45 p.m. and mobilized search vehicles. “The NSRI Shelly Beach sea rescue craft Caltex…

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Surfer bitten by a shark at Ormond Beach, Florida

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A surfer was bitten by a shark April 11 at Ormond Beach, Florida. The unidentified woman had jumped off her board into chest deep water around 4 p.m. when she was bitten on the calf. The 35-year-old was treated on scene and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. This is the sixth shark attack bite reported in Florida for the month of April. Caitlyn Taylor, 17, was bitten April 2 and had to fight a shark in a rare encounter on the second sand bar in the Panhandle. On…

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Two Shark bites reported in Melbourne Beach, Florida

Two shark bites were reported April 10 near Melbourne Beach, Florida. The first incident involved Heather Orr of Palm Beach who was bitten on her left hand while swimming offshore near Ocean Avenue. The 21-year-old was with her boyfriend when she dunked under a wave and felt the shark bite the palm of her left hand around 4 p.m. She was treated at the Holmes Regional Medical center in Melbourne and should recover in a few weeks. A few hours later a more serious event occurred when a young girl…

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Teen bitten by a shark at Daytona Beach Florida

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A teen was bitten by a shark while swimming off Daytona Beach, Florida on April 3. Kody Stephens was with a friend in chest-deep water when he felt something bite his foot. “I told my friend that I had felt something bite me, and we got out of the water and (my foot) was bleeding,” the 16-year-old told 11Alive. “We went up and washed it and the hotel called 911. They showed up and looked at it.” The teen, who is visiting from Georgia, had a half-moon shaped bite on…

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Second shark bite of 2017 for New Smyrna Beach

The second shark bite of 2017 for New Smyrna Beach, Florida reported on April 4. Melanie Lawson was in four feet (1.2m) of water around 1 p.m. near the Esther Street Beachfront Park when she was hit hard on the side and knocked into the water. The 51-year-old woman from Georgia was bitten on her thigh by a five foot hammerhead shark. The shark had left bruises and part of its tooth in Lawsons leg, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She said she will go back…

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**Graphic** Teen bitten by a shark in Destin Florida

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A teen was bitten by a shark in Destin, Florida on April 2. Caitlyn Taylor was swimming with friends in the Gulf of Mexico near 1040 Highway 98. According to witness, the 17-year-old was on the second sandbar around 3:00 p.m. when a five-foot long (1.5m) shark swam past Taylor’s sister and brushed her leg. Her mother Tracey said Caitlyn saw the head of the shark coming towards her in a wave and she started to swim back towards shore. The shark then grabbed her and lifted her off the…

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