Two swimmers seriously hurt in shark attacks
Published 19/08/2011 | 05:00
TWO people have been seriously wounded in separate shark attacks while swimming in the Sea of Japan off Russia's Far Eastern coast.
In incidents that local experts said had no historical precedent in the area, a 25-year-old man was attacked by a shark on Wednesday, while a 16-year-old boy was mauled on Thursday.
In the first attack, a tourist named as Denis Udovenko was attacked while swimming in a marine nature reserve. He reportedly tried to wrestle with the shark to buy time for his wife to swim to safety.
The shark bit both of his arms off from the elbow down. He is reported to be in a serious condition in hospital.
In the second attack, a 16-year-old boy named only as Valera was attacked while swimming on Thursday and suffered serious injuries to his thigh and knee. Doctors have said they hope to save his legs.
He was wearing a wetsuit and flippers, which saved him from more serious injuries.
Local authorities in the Vladivostok region have urged people not to swim in the sea until further notice. Marine experts have said they believe that the sharks responsible for the two attacks may have been great whites -- or even that one shark may be responsible for both attacks.
Cleaner and warmer water following a typhoon in the area may have attracted the large predators, they said.
The attacks come just days after a British man was killed by a shark in the Seychelles. Ian Redmond was on his honeymoon when he died. (© Daily Telegraph, London)