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Shark attack kills surfer in Brazil; femoral artery ruptured

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RECIFE, Brazil -- A surfer in Brazil has died after a shark bit him in the left thigh.

Humberto Pessoa Batista, 27, was with about 30 other surfers about 50ft from a beach in the city of Olinda when he was attacked, firefighters told the Agencia Estado news wire service.

Olinda is just north of the much larger city of Recife, about 1,300 miles northeast of Sao Paulo.

While surfing has traditionally been banned in the area because of the large concentrations of sharks, authorities lifted the restriction this year because few had been seen.

Rescue workers tried to take Batista to a hospital, but the shark bite ruptured his femoral artery and he died of a haemorrhage, Agencia Estado reported.

The surfer's death is the 18th since 1992 caused by shark attacks in the area.

The sharks are attracted to waters off Recife by a large coral reef, where they go to feed.

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2 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

It seems that in Recife it is not just the reef that attracks the sharks. Looking at records from the past the bundle of attacks have taken place with in the past 15 years. I wonder if man has taken a role in this shark attack problem!!
   comment# 1   - moonie · cincinnai, United States · Feb 26, 2007 @ 4:11pm

yes moonie i agree, mans industrialization and disturbance of the ecolife in that area has been the primary reason that there has been a large increase in shark attacks in the last decade, its sad that innocent people have to lose their lives as a result
   comment# 2   - mel · new york, united states · Jan 23, 2010 @ 1:44pm
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