Thursday, August 15, 2013

German Tourist Loses Arm in Maui Shark Attack

Helicopter searches for shark following Maui attack
A German tourist who was snorkeling off Palauea Beach in Maui was attacked by a shark on Wednesday August 14, 2013 at around 4:45pm.

According to reports, the 20-year-old victim, Jana Witteropp, was out about 50 yards when the attack occurred.  Her friends heard her scream for help and came to her aide along with a nearby kayaker.  By the time they got her to shore, she had lost a large amount of blood and was not breathing.  The victim lost her right arm and according to a witness on the beach, she had also suffered a bite to the foot.

The victim was taken to Maui Memorial Center in critical condition.

Authorities sent up a helicopter to search for the shark and closed the beach for two miles in both directions from the point of the attack.  At the time of the incident, the water was choppy with limited visibility.

This is the seventh shark incident in Hawaii this year which includes four incidents in Maui.

News Accounts:
Woman visitor loses right arm in Maui shark attack - Hawaii News Now
Maui officials: Victim loses arm in shark attack - KHON 2
German tourist loses her arm in Hawaii shark attack -  CNN
Shark bite severs woman's arm in South Maui waters - KITV News

Video posted on Youtube by Maui Now
Update 08/16/2013 from Hawaii News Now:
Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Unfortuantely, we have to give the following update from KHON2 08/21/2013German visitor attacked by shark on Maui dies