A young tourist has died after being attacked by a shark as she swam off a beach in northeastern Brazil.
Bruna Gobbi, an 18-year-old resident of Sao Paulo, was rushed to the Restauracao hospital in Recife after Monday’s attack.
“She lost a lot of blood” and died of her injuries after her leg was amputated, said a hospital official who asked not to be named.
“We knew there were risks of a shark attack but I thought this would occur in a deeper sector,” the victim’s cousin, Daniele Souza, told Globo television.
A total of 58 shark attacks, 28 of them fatal, have been reported over the past 21 years in Recife, one the most popular seaside resorts in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, according to a state agency that has been tracking shark attacks since 1922.
Last week, a 15-year-old girl was killed after a shark ripped her in two while she was swimming just five metres off shore at Reunion Island.
The teenager’s body was sliced in two at the torso, and then “‘a part of her body was taken away by the shark”, said Gina Hoarau, the head of public safety on the island.
She was the fifth person to be killed by sharks on the island since 2011. In May, 36-year-old French honeymooner Stephane Berhamel was killed while surfing off the island, as his horrified new wife watched from shore.
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