German visitor attacked by shark on Maui dies

Courtesy: Jana Lutteropp's Blog
Courtesy: Jana Lutteropp's Blog

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The German visitor whose arm was bitten off by a shark one week ago has died.

Jana Lutteropp, 20, was snorkeling at White Rock Beach in Makena, Maui last Wednesday when the shark attacked.

It is the second shark-related death in the state in the past decade. Both happened on the Valley Isle.

Lutteropp’s sister and mother say she fought hard to stay alive and thank everyone for their prayers.

They issued the following statement:

“Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way.”

The last deadly shark bite in the state was on Maui in April 2004. Will McInnis, 57, was surfing in Kahana when he was bit.

Before that in 1992, surfer Aaron Romento was bit and died in waters off west Oahu.

On Maui in 1991, Martha Morrell was killed by a shark while swimming off Olowalu.

Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairperson William Aila released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Ms. Jana Lutteropp’s passing today. We join with Hawaii’s people to extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

“As an island state, we are aware that we are all visitors in the natural environment that surrounds us, and that unfortunate incidents such as this one can occur. We are committed to furthering research efforts that will help guide effective management actions in the interest of safety.”

The DLNR reminds beachgoers to avoid murky waters, don’t wear shiny jewelry, and go to beaches patrolled by lifeguards.

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