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Old 12-12-2020, 19:25   #1
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A woman in her early thirties has died following a shark attack while she was swimming off the beach at Grand Case.. apparently she had a leg ripped of by what is believed to be a Tiger shark, sadly by the time they got her to shore she had bled out.
A sad end to what was a sabbatical.
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pirate Re: Shark attack St Martin..

Just seen a fuller report on France 24 and think it might actually be the Orient beach as they showed a wider shot and there was no jetty.. Likely hear more from cruisers there soon.
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Re: Shark attack St Martin..

Most tourists have no sense of danger when visiting these exotic (to them) places. The reports are that she was swimming 500 feet from shore. I wonder if there was any attempt to educate her on the perils within the environment she was entering?
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From what I have read it was Orient. Supposedly she was swimming out to one of the floating trampolines......Highly likely not as far out as reports claim.
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sharks and crocs are more aggressive this year. they got that unexpected break from humans hoping it will last, and now back to human and their toys torture. i would be pissed also.
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Damn poor woman
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Most tourists have no sense of danger when visiting these exotic (to them) places. The reports are that she was swimming 500 feet from shore. I wonder if there was any attempt to educate her on the perils within the environment she was entering?
I have swum many times off the boat in Grand Case and Margot Bay.. so do many others..
Mind I do always stay near the boat.. last shark incident I am aware of out St Martin was Dec 2000 when a boatload of illegals hit the rock at the S tip of Anguilla, the boats that went to the rescue were fighting the sharks for survivors..
However the whole trip across the S Pacific and around OZ I did not even dip a toe in the water.. Tiger sharks in Nuku Hiva swimming around the boats to crocs, sharks and jellies as one moved further West..
Bugga Dat for a game of soldiers.
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I have swum many times off the boat in Grand Case and Margot Bay.. so do many others..
Mind I do always stay near the boat.. last shark incident I am aware of out St Martin was Dec 2000 when a boatload of illegals hit the rock at the S tip of Anguilla, the boats that went to the rescue were fighting the sharks for survivors..
However the whole trip across the S Pacific and around OZ I did not even dip a toe in the water.. Tiger sharks in Nuku Hiva swimming around the boats to crocs, sharks and jellies as one moved further West..
Bugga Dat for a game of soldiers.
we did in water hull cleaning, and 2 days after croc attack on swimmer in same area in lizard island. sydney harbour - apparently the highest density of man eating sharks. We swimmed often. Not anmore due to pollution. Sharks seem to get used to people else there would be plenty attacks. One should be really afraid of crocks. They are real doers.
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we did in water hull cleaning, and 2 days after croc attack on swimmer in same area in lizard island. sydney harbour - apparently the highest density of man eating sharks. We swimmed often. Not anmore due to pollution. Sharks seem to get used to people else there would be plenty attacks. One should be really afraid of crocks. They are real doers.
Your a braver man than me Gunga Din.. I would rather walk through tiger country where I stand a reasonable chance of seeing what's coming and react than blind confidence that it's safe to go back in the water..
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Your a braver man than me Gunga Din.. I would rather walk through tiger country where I stand a reasonable chance of seeing what's coming and react than blind confidence that it's safe to go back in the water..

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The secret is to go diving with people that swim slower than you...

Same as walking in tiger country..
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Remember to bring a few if it's a week long holiday...
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To blame a tourist is silly, it can happen to anyone a pure chance encounter,
Everytime one enters the sea there is risk, more chance of getting struck by lightning
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Re: Shark attack St Martin..

around here....new beach life guards are put to the test.....they have to swim offshore....along the coast for about a mile...1/2 mile up, 1/2 mile back...I'd say they are about 300' offshore.....remarkably, as we have a lot of sharks here, never been an incident that I know of.....some, most of them actually, like to stay in group, but there are always those swimming alone at the head of the pack....but to a shark, it must be like a smorgasbord of yummies....splashing, lots of color, etc....but never a problem....so far....
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Re: Shark attack St Martin..

Actually, there was a fatal shark attack in Maine last summer, the first ever in that state. Confirmed to be a great white.

Apparently, federal protections have increased the seal populations, a natural prey for sharks.

Whoda thunk? A great white in Maine?

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