German tourist bitten by shark off Maui dies from injury

Published On: Aug 21 2013 12:22:00 PM HST
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A German tourist whose arm was bitten off by a shark off of Maui last Wednesday has died from her injury.

20-year-old Jana Lutteropp was snorkeling about 50-yards off White Rock Beach, also known as Palauea Beach in Wailea-Makena just south of Kihea, when her arm was taken by the shark around 4:45 p.m. Aug 14.

Lutteropp, a native of Zierenberg, Germany, was listed in extremely critical condition at Maui Medical Center since then. She required the aid of full life support until she passed a week after the attack.

The family of Lutteropp traveled to Maui promptly following the attack. They released this statement Wednesday after her passing: "Jana fought hard to stay alive. However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today. Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way. We appreciate all the support from the Maui community, as well as the prayers and thoughts from around the world and in Germany. We especially want to thank the wonderful caregivers and everyone at Maui Memorial Medical Center."

A two-mile stretch of White Rock beach was closed while crews searched for the shark that attacked Lutteropp.

The day before that attack, a kite board was bitten by a shark in North Maui waters.

This was the third incident in Maui waters this year that a person was bitten by a shark.

Lutteropp's death comes the day after the state announced a plan to step-up their monitoring of sharks on Maui Island.

Victim was Willis "Will" McInnis, a 57-year-old who was surfing at a spot North of Kaanapali, Maui at Pohaku Park.

McInnis was attacked around 7:13 a.m. about 100 yards from shore while he was surfing.
He died after being bitten in his right leg, by what was believed to be a tiger shark.


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