WOMAN INJURED AFTER SHARK ATTACK IN THE ABACOS A WOMAN was left nursing serious wounds over the weekend after being attacked by a shark while surfing in the Abacos.
WOMAN INJURED AFTER SHARK ATTACK IN THE ABACOS
Published On:Monday, October 04, 2010
By NATARIO McKENZIE
A WOMAN was left nursing serious wounds over the weekend after being attacked by a shark while surfing in the Abacos.
Jane Engle of Hope Town, Abaco, was attacked by what is believed to have been a lemon shark while surfing with her husband and some friends in the area of Elbow Cay, Abaco around 3pm on Saturday. According to her husband, Ronald Engle, his wife - who was in shock after the incident - received bite marks between her left ankle and knee and required some 75 to 100 stitches.
This incident comes just weeks after the remains of a man who disappeared after a boat trip with three others off Jaws Beach were found in the stomach of a 12-foot tiger shark.
Initial tests indicate missing boater Judson Newton, who together with his friend Franklin Roosevelt was reported missing, was eaten by the shark, confirmed Assistant Commissioner Hulan Hanna.
It is still unknown if Mr Newton was alive or dead when he was eaten.
Regarding the shark attack this weekend, Mr Engle told The Tribune he believed it was an isolated one. He said that the shark, which appeared to be yellowish brown in colour, between five to six feet long, was spotted only after the attack.
"Luckily we had a couple of my buddies there who helped transport her. We had to put her in a boat and then get her to a car, then on to the medical centre. Luckily everything came together. There is no threat of her losing her leg or anything. Luckily the shark bit down a couple of times and let go. The wound is bad but it could have been a lot worse," Mr Engle said, while crediting the medical personnel at Hope Town for their assistance.
"There has never, in recent memory, been any shark attack here. Sometimes these smaller sharks are a little more aggressive but we have surfed this whole area for the last 30 years and have never had a problem before. We think its an isolated event," Mr Engle said.
"Personally I would discourage any shark diving adventures in the Abacos or the Bahamas where they literally feed sharks to bring them in. I don't think that's a good thing for the Bahamas because these sharks can interact with other humans someplace else and expect to see food," Mr Engle said.
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