Friday, August 19, 2011

No swimming

Swimming has been banned in the Sea of Japan off Russia's Far Eastern Primorye Territory after two shark attacks in the past week have left two people hospitalized, Russian media report.

The first attack occurred Wednesday when a 25-year-old man lost both arms up to the elbow. He was hospitalized in serious condition but expected to survive, according to the report. Witnesses said the shark was about 13 feet (4 meters) long with large fins, according to the Pravda report.

The second attack occurred in a nearby area Thursday when a 16-year-old boy suffered severe wounds to his legs. The boy was hospitalized in Vladivostok, the report said. The boy's diving suit prevented the shark from taking his legs.

Authorities suspect the same Great White Shark was responsible for both attacks, according to the Pravda report.

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