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Lifeguard in Wednesday's shark-attack rescue a 'hero,' colleagues say
Dan Lund in 2010 after heroic shark attack victim rescue.
Dan Lund in 2010 after heroic shark attack victim rescue.
Years after a shark ripped into his leg and ankle, Daniel Lund became an ocean lifeguard.

The consummate "water man," he grew up on the ocean and loved it too much not to accept its inherent risks. In that sense, Lund, 46, had something in common with Stephen Schafer, 38, the well-known surfer whose life he tried to save Wednesday off Stuart Beach.

Lund's fellow lifeguards described him as highly skilled and compassionate. They said no one was better equipped to handle what unfolded that day after a shark attacked Schafer as he was kiteboarding about a quarter-mile offshore.

To bring Schafer in, Lund paddled into bloody, shark-infested waters, ignoring the risk to himself.

"If I'm out there and I'm bleeding real bad and I'm scared, I want a guy like Dan Lund to show up," said lifeguard Mike Mammen. "He's a hero in my book."

Despite Lund's heroic efforts Wednesday, doctors soon declared Schafer dead at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart.

Since the attack, Lund, a quiet family man with no apparent love for the spotlight, has received hundreds of phone calls from media outlets nationwide. National morning shows, such as NBC's Today show and ABC's Good Morning America, aired features on the attack.

Lund is married and has a young daughter, his co-workers said.

Lund, who was unavailable Friday, seemed more comfortable Thursday talking about the role lifeguards play in preventing tragedies than in recounting Wednesday's dramatic attack and rescue.

A lifeguard for nine years, Lund worked in finance and investment for years in Palm Beach County before making the switch. Despite a 1986 shark attack that left him unable to walk for four months, Lund said he loved the ocean and was eager to become a lifeguard when the opportunity came up.

Lund once made nearly 40 ocean rescues in a single day in Martin County with the help of fellow lifeguards, an event he received a commendation for.

He has handled two other fatalities, both drownings, and would only say Thursday that the experience leaves it mark.

Although he didn't discuss it, his fellow lifeguards said that in both instances children watched as their parents were pulled from the water. The deaths occurred two weeks apart.

In this case, lifeguard Matt Honan said Schafer's death hit hard because he was known not only in the surfing community but to the lifeguards who patrol the beaches.

"We're showing up and they're leaving and it's the start of a new day," he said of the surfers.

Jon Belding, division chief for Martin County Fire Rescue, said Lund will take some time off, but how much is up to him. He noted, though, that the sooner Lund gets back into the water the easier it will be to recover. Lund has been offered counseling.

Like the lifeguards, some of Schafer's friends called Lund a hero.

Ida Fry, who worked with Schafer, said it gave her some solace to know Schafer wasn't alone after the attack.

"I'm glad that he was still conscious when (Lund) got there, and he knew that someone was taking him home," she said.

Staff writer Daphne Duret contributed to this story.

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1986/11/04 Dan Lund - Florida -

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Stuart Surfer Dan Lund points to the right side of his foot where a shark bit him in 1986 causing wounds requiring 1,000 stitches.
Stuart Surfer Dan Lund points to the right side of his foot where a shark bit him in 1986 causing wounds requiring 1,000 stitches.

Stuart Surfer Dan Lund points to the right side of his foot where a shark bit him in 1986 causing wounds requiring 1,000 stitches.


STUART — A shark apparently bit a Jensen Beach man in the leg as the man was surfing Tuesday off Tiger Shores on Hutchinson Island.

Daniel Lund, 23, was listed in satisfactory condition late Tuesday night in Martin Memorial Hospital following surgery.

Hospital officials would not elaborate on the extent of the wound.

The attack occurred about 2 p.m. as Lund was surfing with friends.

Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy Becky Gifford said Lund had just finished riding a wave when he stepped onto a sand bar offshore.

“He said he stepped in front of the shark or on the shark. He said he felt something pulling or grabbing on his leg,” Gifford said. “He jerked it away.”

Lund’s friends took him to Jensen Beach EmergiCentre, Inc., where he was prepared for transportation to Martin Memorial.

Lund had a flesh wound to his right leg, which looked like it could have been made by a shark, said Dr. Richard Barbaza at the EmergiCentre.

Kurt Lund, the injured man’s brother, said Tuesday night his family was preparing to visit the hospital but he believed the wound was “not that serious.”

The Sheriff’s Department did not close the beaches in the area, but notified lifeguards at Stuart Beach, said lifeguard Jim Shipes.

“It’s unfortunate,” Shipes said. “He (Lund) was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Shipes said people had spotted small sharks in the area, “but for the most part, sharks don’t come close.”

He said sharks are not uncommon this time of the year as the fish they feed on migrate from the north to warmer waters.

Devohna Goluba, who was fishing nearby, said her husband, John had caught a 3 1/2-foot-long shark along the shore earlier in the day and let it go.

“We’ve seen quite a few fins out there,” she said.

Sharks usually pursue smaller fish offshore, Shipes said.

“They’re not into biting people.” When they do, “the sharks usually bite and let go.”

Shipes said, in fact, that he worries more about being bitten by a bluefish — a popular sport fish that travels in schools and often goes into a frenzy when feeding.

Surfers may be more appetizing because as boards are shortened, surfers may resemble sea turtles, Shipes said.

Alex Ashford of Port Salerno was rubbing a disc of wax on his surfboard at Tiger Shores Tuesday afternoon and was undaunted by news of the attack.

He has had some close calls with sharks before, but says, “As long as you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone.”

Shipes, who knows Lund, said: “I’m sure Dan will be back out as soon as he gets his stitches out.”

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