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German woman who lost arm to shark in Maui dies

In this Aug. 15, 2013 photo provided by Nicholas Grisaffi, Rick Moore poses at Palauea Beach in Makena on the island of Maui, Hawaii, a day after he jumped into the water to rescue a shark attack victim who lost her arm. A woman who lost her arm in a Maui shark attack kept repeating that she was going to die, said Rick Moore, a California high school teacher who jumped into the water to save her.   (AP Photo/Nicholas Grisaffi)

In this Aug. 15, 2013 photo provided by Nicholas Grisaffi, Rick Moore poses at Palauea Beach in Makena on the island of Maui, Hawaii, a day after he jumped into the water to rescue a shark attack victim who lost her arm. A woman who lost her arm in a Maui shark attack kept repeating that she was going to die, said Rick Moore, a California high school teacher who jumped into the water to save her. (AP Photo/Nicholas Grisaffi)

A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died yesterday, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui, Hawaii.

Jana Lutteropp, 20, who had been on life support, died at Maui Memorial Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Carol Clark said.

Lutteropp was snorkeling up to 100 yards off Palauea Beach at the resort community of Makena when the shark bit off her right arm.

A high school teacher visiting from California jumped into the water after hearing her screaming and seeing blood in the surf. It’s not known what type of shark bit Lutteropp. State officials investigating the attack said witnesses didn’t see the animal.

Hawaii officials announced Tuesday they plan to spend the next two years studying tiger shark movements around Maui amid what they call an unprecedented spike in overall shark attacks since the start of 2012.

The Associated Press

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