German tourist attacked by shark in Hawaii dies
HONOLULU, Hawaii - A German tourist who lost her arm in a shark attack in Hawaii has died.
HONOLULU, Hawaii – A German tourist who lost her arm in a shark attack in Hawaii has died.
According to a statement from her family released by Maui Memorial Medical Center, 20-year-old Jana Lutteropp died on Wednesday.
Lutteropp’s death comes a week after a shark bit off her right arm while she was snorkelling off Makena, Maui. Her arm wasn’t recovered.
“Jana fought hard to stay alive. However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today,” Lutteropp’s mother, Jutta Lutteropp, and sister Julia Broeske said in a statement released by Maui Memorial Medical Center.
“Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way,” Lutteropp and Broeske said in the statement.
A school teacher visiting from California came to Lutteropp’s aid and swam her to shore. She was on life support earlier this week.
It’s unknown what type of shark bit Lutteropp. State officials investigating the attack say witnesses didn’t see the animal.
Four days after Lutteropp was attacked, an 8-foot shark bit a 16-year-old boy in the legs while he was surfing along the east coast of Hawaii’s Big Island.
That incident marked the ninth shark attack on a person in Hawaiian waters this year, according to William Aila, chairman of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.