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Snorkeler Who Lost Arm to Shark Dies in Maui
German woman was bitten last week
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2013 6:48 PM CDT
File photo of a tiger shark.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died today, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui. Jana Lutteropp, 20, who had been on life support, died at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Lutteropp was snorkeling about 100 yards off Palauea Beach in Makena when the shark bit off her right arm. A school teacher visiting from California jumped into the water after hearing her screaming. Rick Moore, 57, of Laguna Niguel, California, said Lutteropp went in and out of consciousness and kept repeating that she was going to die.

"Jana fought hard to stay alive," said a statement from her mother and sister. "However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today." It's not known what type of shark bit Lutteropp. Hawaii officials, however, plan to spend the next two years studying tiger shark movements around Maui amid what they call an unprecedented spike in overall shark attacks since the start of 2012. Eight attacks have been reported statewide this year after 10 in 2012. Hawaii usually sees only three to four attacks each year, and saw one or zero attacks in each of the years between 1980 and 2012.

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Aug 22, 2013 1:08 PM CDT
We were putting up with the jellyfish at Fort Walton Beach. The waves were breaking high so the smaller kids were not there. That was a treat in itself as it means we were not swimming in the usual toilet as you do when kids are present. I mean I usually hop on my board and paddle out to water to deep for kids anyway to get out of the potty zone. I had to paddle out a long way to get away from the 8' high waves breaking in. Those waves were 3' high reaching the shore. So I'm out snorkeling in the midly murky waters and I see my family jumping up and down trying to get my attention. I hopped a wave and surfed all the way into the shore. Then my niece comes up to me and says, we are leaving to find another beach. I ask why. She says a news crew just showed up and said that pilots flying over from Eglin AFB reported seeing a school of large sharks very close to this beach. I look over and see two news remote trucks with their microwave antennas fully extended. We made a hasty retreat and found another public beach that was much more calm but had lots of smaller kids. I decided at that juncture not to enter the big toilet and just catch sun until we went to have seafood.
Aug 22, 2013 8:22 AM CDT
This one very sad story. I don't care what statistics say because they usually make up that staff. I love beaches and walking along the ocean but I wouldn't go to ocean, not even on the boat. I have to fly over it but I would be afraid to in. It sucks to come on vacation as a reward and die, it's a reminder that wild life is non discriminating. Condolences and peace to family, I know in Europe they value family better then here, money is secondary.
Aug 22, 2013 5:10 AM CDT
My blessing goes the family,