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04/28/2008 Adrian Ruiz (Mexico) ***Fatal***

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:43 pm
by sharkbait
US man killed in shark attack in Mexico

By NATALIA PARRA Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 04/29/2008 06:16:23 PM PDT

ACAPULCO, Mexico—A U.S. man died after a shark attacked him while he was surfing off Mexico's southern Pacific coast, authorities in the southern state of Guerrero said Tuesday.
The San Francisco man bled to death on Monday after a gray shark bit his right thigh, leaving a 15-inch wound, the Guerrero state Public Safety Department said in a statement.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico could not immediately confirm the man's name, but local authorities identified him as a 24-year-old who was surfing with a fellow American. The other man was not injured.

The attack occurred at the Troncones beach, about 45 minutes west by car from the beach resort of Ixtapa.

The statement said the victim suffered wounds "that reached from the hip to the knee, exposing the femur."

The victim was still alive when he was brought back to the beach. While an ambulance was called, it took so long to reach Troncones—a relatively isolated, undeveloped beach—that a bystander took the victim to a local naval hospital in his car.

The man died a few minutes after reaching the hospital "due to a loss of blood," according to the statement.

Shark attacks are relatively rare in Mexico; in 2006, the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History reported only one attack in Mexico, which was not fatal. ... ck_check=1

Re: 04/28/2008 Adrian Ruiz (Mexico) ***Fatal***

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:12 pm
by sharkbait
American Tourist Dies in Shark Attack in Troncones

This Monday, the tourist from San Francisco, California, USA, Adrian Ruiz, aged 24, died when receiving attention Medical after he was attacked by a shark when swimming at the beach Tuso, municipality of La Union.

Sources police reported yesterday that the attack occurred Monday afternoon, when the now occiso surf along with his Brant companion Helms, 28, also of United States nationality.

The two stayed in room 209 hotel My house is your house, located on the beach Tuso, where they had planned be until tomorrow April 30.

According to sources, both young surf when a wave threw to Adrian Ruiz who was attacked immediately and surprise by a gray shark, which bit into his right leg, boot the tissue and leaving exposed the right femur.

The tourist was taken from the water by his companion and inhabitants of the place, who requested the assistance of paramedics and a ambulance, but aid was slow in coming.

The worker Telefonos de Mexico, Arturo Zepeda Villalvazo, offered to move to the port of Zihuatanejo in a van owned by that company.

Because the wounded had lost a lot of blood, was placed in emergency Sanatorium naval which is located in the area Hotel in Ixtapa, where he died minutes after arriving.

The body of the young American was transferred to the funeral as empowered Forensic Medical Service, where he would make the Autopsy of law; became known that his friend, Brant Helms, would the formalities relating to claim the body and bring it to your place of origin. (Correspondent / Zihuatanejo).

Re: 04/28/2008 Adrian Ruiz (Mexico) ***Fatal***

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:07 pm
by sharkbait
Tiger-shark attack in Mexico kills surf-loving bartender from S.F.

Jaxon Van Derbeken,Anastasia Ustinova, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Adrian Ruiz loved to surf. He tended bar in San Francisco, saving up enough each year to go on surfing trips around the world with his friends.

The 25-year-old San Francisco resident was on one of those surfing trips this week on the Pacific coast of Mexico with his friend Brant Helms when they saw a shark in the water, acquaintances said today. The two surfers joked about keeping their toes out of the water.

Ruiz was attacked, and Helms - who at first thought his friend had been joking - paddled out to save him, but the wound was too severe.

"Adrian said he knew he was going to die," said one of his friends, Bill Herrmann, his former boss and owner of the Holy Cow nightclub in the South of Market area where Ruiz tended bar until recently.

Ruiz bled to death Monday after a tiger shark ripped a 15-inch wound in his right thigh, the Guerrero state Public Safety Department said in a statement. The wound "reached from the hip to the knee, exposing the femur," the agency said.

Ruiz and Helms were staying at the Mi Casa es Tu Casa hotel in the fishing village of Troncones, about 45 minutes west of the beach resort of Ixtapa, said Julieta Altamirano, who lives at the hotel.

"We are shocked," Altamirano said. "This has never happened here before."

Ruiz was still alive when he was brought back to the beach. An ambulance was called but it took too long to reach the village, so a diner at the hotel's restaurant drove Ruiz to a naval hospital in Ixtapa. Ruiz died minutes after he arrived there, according to Mexican newspaper Despertar de la Costa.

The paper quoted experts who estimated that the shark may have weighed up to 600 pounds, and said Ruiz had been attacked about 325 yards from shore.

Two weeks ago, another tourist drowned in the area. His body, which was never found, might have attracted the shark, according to the newspaper.

Herrmann said Ruiz worked for him for three years before recently going to work at other bars, including the Blue Light and Nova.

"He was a great guy - he put a smile on a lot of people's faces," Herrmann said. "He surfed a lot of the year. When he could, he would go on a trip."

At the Blue Light, Ruiz was remembered as a "classic bartender."

Jeff Jordan, one of the owners of the Blue Light, said, "He had a lot of people who are really close to him."

Ruiz worked two years at Nova Bar and Restaurant in San Francisco. "I nicknamed him Smiley," said Elliot Feldman, co-owner of Nova. "He was one of those guys, every picture shows him with a grin or a smile. He was always happy.

"He was just one of those laid-back, really nice, fun-loving, adventure-loving guys. He lived a good life."

Feldman said some customers asked for Ruiz by name to serve as their bartender and would leave if he was not working. "Everyone who met him, loved him," he said.

Ruiz "basically bartended to save money to go to Bali and went around the world to surf," Feldman said. "Whenever he got back from one trip, he started planning the next one." ... .DTL&tsp=1