Swim At Your Own Risk: Brazilian Biter Kills Surfer

Monday, June 19, 2006

Brazilian Biter Kills Surfer

A surfer died Sunday after a shark bit him in the left thigh in waters off northeastern Brazil. Humberto Pessoa Batista, 27, was with about 30 other surfers and only about 50 feet from the beach when he was attacked. Now... this area is known to be a feeding ground for sharks, and surfing is traditionally banned here, but they lifted the restriction this year since they hadn't seen very many sharks around. Rescue workers tried to take Batista to a hospital, but the shark bite had ruptured his femoral artery and he died of a hemorrhage. This is the 18th death caused by a shark attack in this area since 1992!

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