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STUART, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a man attacked by at least one shark in the ocean off South Florida died from massive blood loss.
Stephen Schafer was pulled from the water about a quarter-mile offshore in Stuart on Wednesday. The lifeguard who brought him to shore says he saw up to three sharks circling the 38-year-old in a bloody pool.
Dr. Linda O’Neil, associate medical examiner in Martin County, said Friday that Schafer died from blood loss. She says he suffered two shark bites, most likely from the same animal. It was unclear exactly what type of shark bit him.
O’Neil says he was bitten on the buttocks and on the right thigh. The thigh wound was fatal because it severed branches of the femoral artery.
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STUART, Fla. (AP) – The lifeguard who pulled a shark bite victim from the ocean off South Florida’s coast was himself attacked by a shark about 25 years ago.
Lifeguard Daniel Lund pulled a bleeding Stephen Schafer from the ocean off Stuart on Wednesday afternoon. Schafer had apparently been bitten by at least one shark. He died soon after.
The 46-year-old Lund says as he approached Schafer about a quarter-mile offshore, he saw two or three sharks in the water amid a pool of Schafer’s blood.
It brought back memories of Lund’s own brush with death when he was bitten in 1986 while surfing near the same area.
Lund says that attack left him unable to walk for several months. He says he remembered it while he was pulling Schafer from the water but knew he had a job to do.