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German bitten by shark on life support

20 August 2013, 10:16

Honolulu - A German visitor who lost her arm in a shark attack while snorkeling off Maui was on life support, a hospital spokesperson said, a day after a Big Island surfer suffered leg injuries in Hawaii's second shark attack in less than a week.

Jana Lutteropp was in very critical condition, Maui Memorial Medical Centre spokesperson Carol Clark said Monday. Lutteropp's family requested that people respect their privacy during this difficult time, Clark said.

Lutteropp, aged 20, was snorkeling up to 90m off Palauea Beach in Makena on Wednesday afternoon when the shark bit off her right arm.

A California high school teacher swam out to bring her to shore after he and other bystanders heard her scream. Her arm wasn't recovered.

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

On Sunday, a 16-year-old surfer suffered injuries on both legs after a shark bit him southeast of Hilo. He was airlifted to Hilo Medical Center.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources closed ocean waters along the Pohoiki coastline after the attack.

Earlier Sunday, officials closed Hapuna Beach on the Big Island's north-western shore after lifeguards spotted a shark.

- AP


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