On Saturday night, a shark attacked a 24-year-old woman as she was wading off Piedade beach in Recife
Sharks attack two beachgoers
Monday, May 24, 2004 Posted: 5:58 PM EDT (2158 GMT) Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- Sharks attacked beachgoers in two separate incidents in a northeastern resort city over the weekend, rescue workers said Monday.
On Saturday night, a shark attacked a 24-year-old woman as she was wading off Piedade beach in Recife, about 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles) northeast of Rio de Janeiro.
She sustained wounds to her legs and buttocks, but her life was not in danger, firefighters said.
On Sunday, a 17-year-old boy was attacked while swimming near the same beach. He lost his left hand, foot and part of his leg in the attack and remained in serious condition following the attack, according to firefighters.
The attacks were the fourth and fifth shark attacks in Recife since the beginning of the year.
Since 1996, 49 people have been attacked by sharks in the waters off Recife; 14 of those attacks have been fatal.
State officials were meeting with shark specialists Monday to discuss what measures could be taken to prevent further attacks.
Surfing and swimming further than a couple of meters (yards) from shore are already prohibited and signs along the 72-kilometer (45-mile)-long coastal strip around the city of Recife warn bathers of shark attacks.
But officials considered the attacks over the weekend especially worrisome because they occurred close to shore.
Until this weekend's attacks, the victims were mostly surfers who were surfing beyond a large coral reef that lines most of the city's beaches.
Most of the attacks are carried out by tiger and hammerhead sharks who feed near the reef, specialists say.
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