Shark attack! Man LOSES leg after being RIPPED APART while swimming

Pablo de Mela’s leg was amputated in a life-saving operation after he suffered brutal injuries in the horror attack while swimming off the Piedade Beach, on the northeast coast of Brazil, on Sunday.

Two brave witnesses, who were swimming in nearby waters, managed to save the 34-year-old’s life by chasing off the killer animal.

A shocking video shows chunks bitten out of the victim’s legs and arms as he lies in a pool of blood on the beach.

Eyewitness Maria Lourenço, a beach snack seller, described the moment the shark attack unfolded.

It was horrible to see. Each time it is very frightening and sad

Eyewitness Maria Lourenço, a beach snack seller

The 57-year-old said: “Someone started shouting shark, shark because they said they had seen a shark fin.

“They tried to alert people in the water and particularly this man, who was near where the shark appeared. But he didn’t have time to get out of the water before he was attacked many times.

“I’ve been working on this beach for 25 years and during this time I have witnessed a number of ferocious attacks. It was horrible to see. Each time it is very frightening and sad.”

Mr de Mela, who was on holiday with his family at the time of the attack, was treated by first aid responders and quickly airlifted to the local Restoration Hospital.

A Pernambuco health department spokesperson said: “Surgeons were unable to save the patient’s right leg due to the severity of the wounds.

"They diverted arteries and veins through revascularisation surgery to the injured areas in his upper and lower arms and restored blood supply.

“He has been transferred to intensive care on life-support and remains in a serious condition.”

Panicked bathers ran out of the sea after a blue shark came close to the shore in a popular Majorcan holiday resort

He said: “Mr Melo was swimming near the surf line, which would have been a least waist deep if he stood up, when he was bitten several times by the shark.

“He was probably bitten first on his legs then when he tried to defend himself, the shark reacted to his frantic movements and latched onto his arms.”

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April 16, 2018

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