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06/18/2006 Humberto Pessoa Batista (Brazil) ***Fatal***

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:25 pm
by sharkbait
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. ... .shark.ap/

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:32 pm
by sharkbait
Shark Attack

R.I.P. Attack by shark kills surfer near Recife, Brazil

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 June, 2006 : - - Surfer Humberto Pessoa Batista, 27, died in this Sunday morning in Olinda, close to Recife, Brazil, after being atacked by a shark at the beach of Punta del Chifre.

The Youn man was helped by a friend and taken by lifeguards to the hospital in Recife. According to the lifeguards, the shark bit the leg of the surfer and the death would have been caused by a hemorrhage.

The area was cleared for surfers, although in the nearby city of Recife the practice of surfing is prohibited, to avoid further attacks. According to the lifeguards, this was the first shark attack case in Punta del Chifre beach.