Man killed in rare shark attack in Cuba

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-07 06:42:50|Editor: yan
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HAVANA, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- A 22-year-old man has died from injuries sustained in a rare shark attack in eastern Cuba, local media reported on Monday.

The man had been swimming at popular Guardalavaca Beach in the eastern province of Holguin when the unprecedented attack occurred, a provincial daily said, noting there are no records of similar attacks occurring in the area.

Three couples were in the water, no more than three meters from the shoreline, when the shark attacked late on Saturday night.

The other swimmers managed to scare off the shark and take the victim to an area clinic.

The patient, who arrived in critical condition and suffering from hypovolemic shock, meaning he had lost more than 20 percent of his blood supply, died before being transferred to a hospital.

The doctor who attended him, Enrique Remedios Contis, said the victim sustained a large bite on his left thigh that affected his femoral artery, the body's second largest artery after the aorta.

Guardalavaca -- one of Cuba's top five tourist resorts -- remains open, as local authorities deemed the attack to be an isolated incident.