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08/14/2013 - Jana Litteropp - Hawaii *** Fatal ***

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:39 am
by alb
Woman taken to hospital, loses arm in shark attack.

A woman had one of her arms bitten off by a shark in waters off Palauea Beach Park in South Maui late Wednesday afternoon, according to a witness.

Andree Conley-Kapoi of Makawao said efforts to revive the woman appeared to be unsuccessful. She said that the woman had lost one of her arms.

Maui County fire and ocean safety and state Department of Land and Natural Resources officials said that the victim was a visitor from Germany, who was about 20 years old. She was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

Carol Clark, spokeswoman for Maui Memorial, said that a shark attack victim was being cared for in the hospital emergency room. She could not disclose the woman's condition.

The woman, who was about 50 yards from shore when she was attacked, was helped to shore by two male friends, who were nearby in the water, and a kayaker, the public safety officials said.
Location of August 14 2013 Hawaii Shark Attack
Location of August 14 2013 Hawaii Shark Attack
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The water was choppy with limited visibility. The incident was reported at about 4:40 p.m.

Two miles of South Maui beaches have been closed from Makena Beach Resort to the Mana Kai Resort. Officials will search the area at 5:30 a.m. Thursday to determine whether to reopen the beaches. The beach will remain closed for a minimum of 24 hours per shark attack protocols, public safety officials said.

"We need the public to please understand that we are taking all safety precautions," said Maui County Supervising Ocean Safety Officer Archie Kalepa.

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Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:45 am
by alb
A 20-year-old woman from Germany remains hospitalized in critical condition, after her right arm was severed in a shark attack at Palauea Beach, also known as White Rock in Mākena, on Wednesday afternoon, county officials confirmed.

The attack was reported at around 4:41 p.m. while the woman was snorkeling about 50 yards from shore. County officials say the conditions were choppy with limited visibility.

“We heard screaming from the water and it was this unbelievable scream like I’ve never heard before,” said Andree Conley-Kapoi, a resident of Upcountry, Maui who was working in the area.

“The only time anybody would scream like that is if they are being attacked by a shark,” said Conley-Kapoi who observed the commotion taking place and called 911.

According to Conley-Kapoi, she could see one person attempting to swim another person in to shore. A separate person grabbed a kayak and went out to assist as well, she said.

“The amount of time from when we heard the initial screams to them pulling her out of the water was probably about 10 minutes,” said Conley-Kapoi who described the woman as being “completely white,” when she reached shore aboard a kayak.

“I could see that she had a bite on her foot, and I could also see that she lost a limb,” said Conley-Kapoi who said it looked like the victim was missing an arm.

County officials say crews from the Maui Fire Department’s Ladder-14 from Wailea administered CPR and first aid upon arrival on scene; and medics transported the woman to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment.

Crews from Ocean Safety, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Fire department personnel worked to close the beaches for one mile in either direction of the incident from Mākena Beach Resort to Mana Kai Resort. The Maui Fire Department’s Air-1 helicopter and Maui Police were also seen doing air and land patrols of the shoreline area where the incident occurred.

County officials say a search will be conducted on Thursday, Aug. 15, to determine whether or not affected beaches can reopen. The area will remain closed for a minimum of 24-hours according to shark attack protocols, county officials said in a statement.

The public is asked to adhere to all warnings and beach closures.

Re: 08/14/2013 - Jana Litteropp - Hawaii

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:12 pm
by alb
"She Was Going to Die": CA Man Rescues Shark Attack Victim
Snorkeler loses arm, was in critical condition at hospital after Wednesday's attack
Rick Moore, 57, from Orange County, Calif., rescued a shark attack victim off a beach in Maui on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
Rick Moore, 57, from Orange County, Calif., rescued a shark attack victim off a beach in Maui on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
Rick Moore prayed out loud as he pulled a 20-year-old victim of a shark attack onto a shore this week in Maui.

The female snorkeler, who was bleeding from a severed shoulder, kept saying she was going to die.

But Moore, a 57-year-old teacher and pastor from the Orange County city of Laguna Niguel, wouldn’t have any of it.

“I kept saying to her, ‘No you're not. No you're not,’” he said. “We're going to save you.”

Moore recalled the harrowing Wednesday rescue to Hawaii News Now, NBC’s Hawaii affiliate.

Moore said he swam more than 50 yards in choppy waters with poor visibility after spotting the woman who was screaming for help, blood surrounding her.

Moore pulled her in and onto shore where he and others put her into a kayak and called paramedics.

“She was fading away,” Moore said. “She was going to die.”

Jana Witteropp, a German tourist, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition.

Her right arm was severed below the shoulder, Lee Mainaga, fire services chief at the Maui Fire Department, told the Associated Press. The limb wasn’t recovered.

It wasn’t clear what type of shark bit her. Witnesses interviewed didn’t see the animal, said Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman Deborah Ward.

It was the sixth such attack in Hawaii this year through the end of July, including three on Maui, according to a state database. There were 11 shark attacks in the state in 2012.

The last time anyone in Hawaii died from a shark attack was in 2004, when a tiger shark bit a surfer 100 yards off Maui. Prior to that, there was a fatal attack in 1992.

Tiger sharks are the species most often blamed for attacks, but it’s not known why they sometimes bite humans. They may be trying to figure out whether a person could be prey.

To protect against attacks, authorities recommend swimming, snorkeling and surfing with other people. They also say people should avoid the water at dawn and dusk, as this is when some shark species move inshore to eat.

Source: nbclosangeles

Re: 08/14/2013 - Jana Litteropp - Hawaii

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:24 pm
by alb
Maui shark attack victim on life support

The German visitor who had her arm bitten off by a shark last week at Palauea Beach Park in Wailea, is on full life support, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jana Lutteropp, 20, is in very critical condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center, said spokeswoman Carol Clark. She said the family has requested privacy "during this very difficult time."

The incident occurred at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday when Lutteropp was attacked by a shark while snorkeling about 50 yards offshore. Bystanders heard her scream and brought her to shore. Witnesses said her right arm had been bitten off, and she had lost a significant amount of blood.

Medics arrived about 20 minutes later and took Lutteropp to the hospital.

Re: 08/14/2013 - Jana Litteropp - Hawaii

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:36 pm
by helmi
German tourist dies days after losing arm in Hawaii shark attack
CBS/AP/ August 21, 2013, 7:12 PM

A German woman who lost her arm in a Maui shark attack has died.

According to a statement from her family released by Maui Memorial Medical Center, 20-year-old Jana Lutteropp died Wednesday.

Lutteropp's death comes one week after a shark bit off her right arm while she was snorkeling off Makena. Her arm wasn't recovered.

The statement from her mother and sister says, "Jana fought hard to stay alive" but "lost her fight today," reports CBS station KGMB in Hawaii.

Family statement:
Jana fought hard to stay alive. However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today.

Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way.

We appreciate all the support from the Maui community, as well as the prayers and thoughts from around the world and in Germany.

We especially want to thank the wonderful caregivers and everyone at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
A high school teacher visiting from southern California came to Lutteropp's aid and swam her to shore. She was on life support earlier this week.

It's unknown what type of shark bit Lutteropp. State officials investigating the attack say witnesses didn't see the animal.

The family asks that donations in Lutteropp's memory be made to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation.