Jana Lutteropp, German Tourist, Dies After Losing Arm In Hawaii Shark Attack
Jana Lutteropp, a German au pair who had been vacationing in Hawaii, died on Wednesday after losing her arm in a shark attack in the waters of Maui, Hawaii.
Luterapp, 20, had been snorkeling with two male friends when the shark attacked her less than 100 yards out from the coast on Aug. 14. After her friends and California high school teacher Rick Moore carried her out of the water, she was tended to by first responders. She arrived at the hospital unconscious and was listed in critical condition, reported CNN.
"Jana fought hard to stay alive. However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today,” Luteropp’s family said in a statement on Wednesday. "Jana was a very beautiful, strong, young woman who was always laughing, and we will forever remember her that way.
"We appreciate all the support from the Maui community, as well as the prayers and thoughts from around the world and in Germany,” the statement continued. "We especially want to thank the wonderful caregivers and everyone at Maui Memorial Medical Center."
The shark attack that resulted in Lutteropp’s death was the fourth attack in Maui this year; it was preceded by two in February and one in July. A fifth attack on the Hawaiian island struck a 16-year-old boy surfing in Pohoiki Bay on Aug. 18.
– Chelsea Regan