SAO PAULO – OFFICIALS say a shark has attacked a 21-year-old man who was surfing off the coast of north-eastern Brazil.
The spokesman for the Pernambuco state fire department says the shark took a deep bite from the right thigh of Malisson Lima on Wednesday morning.
Spokesman Valdy Oliveira says the surfer’s injury was not life-threatening and he does not risk losing his leg.
Mr Oliveira says Mr Lima was probably attacked by a bull or tiger shark, which are common in the area.
The attack occurred in an area that is off-limits to swimmers and surfers because of the danger of shark attacks Mr Oliveira says 20 people have been killed in the 53 shark attacks registered in Pernambuco state since 1992. — AP