US man killed in shark attack in Mexico

By NATALIA PARRA Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 04/29/2008 06:16:23 PM PDT

ACAPULCO, Mexico—A U.S. man died after a shark attacked him while he was surfing off Mexico's southern Pacific coast, authorities in the southern state of Guerrero said Tuesday.
The San Francisco man bled to death on Monday after a gray shark bit his right thigh, leaving a 15-inch wound, the Guerrero state Public Safety Department said in a statement.
The U.S. embassy in Mexico could not immediately confirm the man's name, but local authorities identified him as a 24-year-old who was surfing with a fellow American. The other man was not injured.
The attack occurred at the Troncones beach, about 45 minutes west by car from the beach resort of Ixtapa.
The statement said the victim suffered wounds "that reached from the hip to the knee, exposing the femur."
The victim was still alive when he was brought back to the beach. While an ambulance was called, it took so long to reach Troncones—a relatively isolated, undeveloped beach—that a bystander took the victim to a local naval hospital in his car.
The man died a few minutes after reaching the hospital "due to a loss of blood," according to the statement. Shark attacks are relatively rare in Mexico; in 2006, the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History reported only one attack in Mexico, which was not fatal.