‘Friends’ push pal in water ahead of oncoming shark as prank
(Source: New York Daily News)
LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Kauai Police Department says a shark attacked a surfer Wednesday afternoon at Pakala’s surf spot on the west side of the island.
According to police the a 60-year-old man identified by friends only as “Lorrin” from Kalaheo was attacked by a shark while surfing with two friends at a west side surf break known as “Pakala’s.”
A veteran surfer killed in a shark attack Tuesday suffered a massive wound to the torso, officials said.
Officials said a great white shark, estimated at 15 to 16 feet in length, attacked the man.
Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, was an avid surfer who had frequented the spot since he was a boy. He is survived by his wife and their young daughter.
A 21-year-old surfer who was bitten on the arm by a shark drove himself to a fire station for treatment Tuesday, authorities said.
Paramedics treated him for a wound on his arm and took him to the Sebastian River Medical Center, Burkeen said.
The bite was not life-threatening, paramedics said.
“I side paddled and got back into shallow water and a couple of other guys came up and got me,” explained Andrew.
Andrew was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent a 2-1/2 hour surgery to remove a broken shark tooth that was embedded in his foot and to repair tendons that were lacerated.
Andrew, who explained his inexperience as a patient, spent the next four nights under the watchful eye of the doctors and nurses, who pumped him with an IV drip of antibiotics in an attempt to stave off a potential infection from the shark bite.
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (WAWS/CNN) - A Florida surfer who was attacked by a shark escaped his assailant Friday, but not without leaving the water with a tooth in his foot.
Andrew Birchall fell victim to the shark, who also left three rows of teeth marks on his body. He said it felt like he was being hit with a sledgehammer.
Doctors performed surgery to remove the tooth and reconnect his severed tendons.
Birchall said he’s been surfing for 30 years but never though he would be attacked.
"You know, once I pulled my foot out of the water I saw it. I could see the teeth marks," said Birchall.
The tooth was sent away for testing.
Birchall said he wants it back to add to his story.
A witness to a fatal shark attack off the coast of Perth in Western Australia said the animal — estimated to be as much as 16 feet long — bit its victim in half.
The fatal attack on a male surfer occurred south of Wedge Island, a family holiday destination about 100 miles north of Perth, at 9 a.m. local time.
In August 1998, Jonathan Kathrein was surfing in the southern end of Stinson Beach when he was attacked by a great white shark. Since the attack, he went through a long period of physical and emotional recovery. Fourteen years later, Kathrein is not only surfing again, but he’s a fierce defender of sharks. He covers his transformation in his new book Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks.