“Hawaii shark attack victim’s rescuer recalls daring ordeal”
“”As soon as we stand on the beach, we heard this blood-curdling scream,” Rick Moore, 57, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., said Friday. “We look out and there was blood everywhere in the white water around her.”
He put on flippers and swam to her, said Moore, who teaches physical education and health at Creekside High School in Irvine, Calif. “About 10 feet from her, I saw her floating on her back, with no arm,” he said. “It was completely severed from her body.”
The 20-year-old German visitor was snorkeling at Palauea Beach in Makena when the shark bit off her arm Wednesday afternoon.
With the bikini-clad woman’s other arm around his neck, Moore backstroked about 100 yards through strong ocean currents.
“It dawned on me — I was in danger now,” he said. “The shark is around me and she’s bleeding. I start praying out loud, `God, God protect us.’ She said, `I’m dying. I know I’m going to die.”‘”