Florida kite surfer suffers escapes alive after being attacked by shark

Posted: March 25, 2014 by kirisyko in Injuries, Kitesurfing, Water
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A kite surfer has miraculously escaped with his life after being bitten in a shark attack.

Kurt Hoffman, a kite surfing instructor from Delray Beach, Florida, suffered as many as 20 teeth punctures to his arm – leaving a bite mark measuring about seven inches wide.

The 43-year-old was 40 yards from the shore at Delray Beach on Saturday when he suddenly felt as if his left arm was caught in a bear trap.

‘At first I’m thinking I hit something,’ he said. ‘What the heck was that? Did I just get hit with a bunch of boards with nails in them? It just happened so fast.’


Injuries: Kurt Hoffman shows off the bite marks on his arm after a shark clamped down on it

Injuries: Kurt Hoffman shows off the bite marks on his arm after a shark clamped down on it


 ‘I saw the side of the hungry fella in the mix of water,’ he added on Facebook. ‘Immediately I dove my kite and used it to self rescue to pull me on to my surfboard.’

He realized that the shark – possibly a blacktip shark, the Palm Beach Post reported – had grabbed on to his arm as he dragged it beside him in the water.

But as quickly as the beast had latched on to his arm, it let go. He said his decision not to pull his arm away from the animal meant he was left with 20 puncture wounds, rather than a shredded arm.

‘It’s pretty intense because it kind of shocks your system at the moment when it hits,’ he told WPTV.



Bite marks: He was left with as many as 20 wounds to his arm, but doctors did not close them in case they trapped bacteria from the shark’s teeth. Hoffman said he believes the shark bit him by mistake


It took him less than 20 seconds to reach the shore to check out the damage. There, his friends wrapped his injured arm in a t-shirt and he called his wife, Diane, to take him to the emergency room.

‘”You have to come get me, I’ve been bit by a shark” are much better words to hear in my husband’s voice than from someone reporting for him,’ she said on Facebook.

Doctors did not sew up the wounds in case they trapped bacteria sharks carry in their mouths, but he was relieved to see that the shark didn’t tear any tendons or ligaments.

He also underwent X-rays to determine that the shark had not left behind any teeth, and is now taking antibiotics and wearing a waterproof bandage – so he can get back to the ocean.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2587936/Florida-kite-surfer-suffers-massive-teeth-marks-arm-shark-bite.html#ixzz2wyBHvnYU

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