A German tourist who's arm was bitten off by a shark while she was vacationing in Maui, Hawaii died Wednesday, a week after the attack, her family said. Jana Lutteropp, reported to be about 20-years-old, was snorkeling about 50 yards off the Hawaiian island of Maui when a shark severed her right arm around 4:40 p.m. on August 14, according to CNN on Thursday, Aug. 22.
Jana Lutteropp was remembered by her mother, Jutta Lutteropp, and sister, Julia Broeske, as, "a very beautiful, strong young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way".
Jana's family said she fought hard to stay alive, but that sadly they had to report yesterday that, "she lost her fight today".
At the time of the shark attack, the waters off Maui were said to be choppy and murky. Two male friends and a nearby kayaker carried Lutteropp out of the water.
Sharks reportedly don't prefer to eat humans, and don't see us as prey. However, the murky water may have played a role as the shark likely mistook the swimming woman for a seal or some other food.
Of course, that argument gets lost when news of another shark attack occurs. But since the shark didn't continue biting after severing the woman's arm seems to shore up those facts.
Click here to read more about the shark attack a week ago.
First responders took the unconscious victim to Maui Medical Center, said Lee Mainaga of the Maui Fire Department. She was initially listed in critical condition.
The incident incited local authorities to shut down beaches one mile on each direction of spot where the horrific shark attack occurred. The beaches were reopened by noon the next day.
This marked the fourth shark attack off Maui this year, with two happening on the same day in February, and the other in late July.