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11/26/1991 - Martha Morrell - Hawaii - *** Fatal ***

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:09 am
by alb
LOUISE SOURISSEAU was snorkeling with her friend Martha Morrell on the Hawaiian island of Maui when Sourisseau felt the rough skin of a tiger shark dragging across her calf. Sourisseau watched in horror as the 10-foot-long shark swam past her and repeatedly attacked her friend, biting off both her legs and an arm. Morrell, the 42-year-old wife of a plantation owner, died instantly on that November day in 1991.

Snorkeling with a female companion at 9 A.M. near reef edge in partly
cloudy water 10-15 ft deep about 100 yards from shore and.50 yards
from the end of an old pier next to the victim's beachfront home. An 8-
to I1-ft shark passed by the companion and proceeded to attack the
victim, initially on the right arm. A small boat was used to recover the
body a short time later. Amputations included the victim's right leg at
the hip joint, the left leg sheared through the femoral neck, the right
forearm, as well as numerous bites and tissue loss elsewhere.
Snorkeling comp.lnion to Martha J. Morrell. Abrasion to right calf
when la rge shark rubbed against her in association with fatal attack on
Mrs. MorreU. After the initial attack on Mrs. Morrell, the shark, estimated
to be 8-11 ft, swam slowly under Louise Sourisseau who assumed a
motionless position floating on her b..1Ck. When first seen before the
attack, the shark was coming from a seaward direction. No other
Significant marine life was observed in the vicinity before or after the
attack.

SAS