Shark kills Brazilian surfer
Sunday, June 18, 2006 Posted: 2002 GMT (0402 HKT)
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- A surfer died Sunday after a shark bit him in the left thigh in waters off northeastern Brazil known for large concentrations of sharks, Brazilian media reported.
Humberto Pessoa Batista, 27, was with about 30 other surfers about 15 meters (50 feet) from a beach in the city of Olinda when he was attacked, firefighters told the Agencia Estado news wire service. Olinda is just north of the much larger city of Recife, about 2,150 kilometers (1,300 miles) northeast of Sao Paulo.
While surfing has traditionally been banned in the area, authorities lifted the restriction this year because few sharks had been seen.
Rescue workers tried to take Batista to a hospital, but the shark bite ruptured his femoral artery and he died of a hemorrhage, Agencia Estado reported. Firefighters could not immediately be reached to comment.
The surfer's death was the 18th since 1992 caused by shark attacks in the area. The sharks are attracted to waters off Recife by a large coral reef, where they go to feed.
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