Wednesday, March 13, 2013

16' Tiger Shark Kills Spear Fisherman in Jamaica

Tiger Shark -  Credit
A 68-year-old fisherman, Geroge Farcey, has been killed by a reported 16' tiger shark while spear fishing approximately three miles off the southern coast of Jamaica near the town of Savanna-la-Mar.

Mr. Farcey was a veteran spear fisherman and had become separated from the larger group when the attack occurred at around 10:30am.

Fellow fishermen became concerned when Mr. Facey did not signal for the boat to pick him up. When they went over to get him they saw a shark, which they belive to be a tiger shark, circling Mr. Farcey and they could see the victim had been bitten multiple times and was missing a hand and foot. Mr. Facey's lifeless body was retrieved from the water.

A fellow fisherman told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper that in the 10 years he has been fishing, he has never seen such a large shark.

Blunt-nosed tiger sharks are sometimes spotted in the waters off Pelican Cay near where the spear fisherman was attacked according to Brandon Hay of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation

This marks the second shark incident in Jamaica for 2013. In early February, an 18 year old in Black River, which is also in Southern Jamaica, was severely wounded in the leg by a shark bite.

News Accounts:
Shark kills Westmoreland fisherman at Sea (Go Jamaica)
Jamaica: 16ft ‘Devil’ Shark Kills Fisherman George Facey Off Savanna-la-Mar Coast (Int'l Business Times)
Shark fatally attacks Jamaican spear fisherman near a remote cay off southern coast (The Windsor Star)