An unfortunate incident occurred on Wednesday, October 14th, when a 22-year-old woman from Connecticut sustained critical injuries from a shark attack while snorkeling off the coast of the Blue Haven Resort in Turks and Caicos.
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force quickly evacuated the victim and took her to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. This incident follows that of a 15-year-old Pennsylvania surf-enthusiast who was bitten by a shark earlier this week off the coast of South New Jersey’s Stone Harbor and required six stitches for her facial wounds.
Shark attacks are rare occurrences, however it is important to consider the potential risks when visiting a beach destination. When in the presence of water, groups should remain together and strive to keep away from areas with high visibility for marine life. Swimming during the nighttime, splashing around in the water, or any other type of activity that could draw attention from predators should be discouraged.
If by chance you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of a shark attack, it is essential to fight back, strike the shark in the eyes or nose and get to safety as soon as possible. After clearing yourself from the waves, it is necessary to seek medical attention if required for further injuries.